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Posted on: July 30, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Major Injury Hit and Run Traffic Collision



Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:Major Injury Hit and Run Traffic Collision
Station Area:Temecula
Written Date:June 24, 2020Time:7:30 PM
Incident Date:June 23, 2020Time:2:51 PM
Incident Location:Rancho California Road and I-15 Freeway, City of Temecula
Reporting Officer:Sergeant Raemie Wood
File Number(s):TE201750129


Press release updated with suspect’s photo.


On Tuesday, June 23, 2020, at 2:51 p.m. deputies from the Southwest Sheriff’s Station responded to Rancho California Road and the I-15 Freeway, in the city of Temecula regarding a report of a two-vehicle involved traffic collision.

Upon arriving, deputies found one of the vehicles involved, a black Jeep Patriot, overturned in the westbound lanes of traffic on Rancho California Road, just west of I-15 freeway southbound off-ramp. The driver of the Jeep Patriot was extricated from the vehicle and transported to a nearby hospital for emergency medical treatment. The second vehicle involved, a green Toyota pick-up truck, with major front-end damage, was found unoccupied in the intersection, just east of the Jeep.

The preliminary investigation revealed the Jeep was exiting the I-15 Freeway southbound off-ramp and making a left hand turn onto Rancho California Road when the Toyota traveling westbound on Rancho California Road ran the red light at Rancho California and the I-15 Freeway overpass colliding into the driver’s side of the Jeep. The driver of the Jeep sustained major injuries and was transported to a nearby hospital. The driver of the Toyota fled the collision scene on foot. The driver of the Toyota who fled the scene was positively identified as Domingo Cruz, a 40-year-old Hispanic male adult, 5 feet 7 inches tall, 130 pounds, brown hair, brown eyes, and is a resident of Temecula.

The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Southwest Station’s Traffic Team is actively looking for Mr. Cruz who has a warrant for his arrest on this case. Anyone with information regarding this hit and run traffic collision is encouraged to call Deputy Frank Opice at the Southwest Sheriff Station, 951-696-3000.


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