July 10, 2016 at the intersection of Florida Ave and Columbia St in Hemet, CA. At approximately 2:13 pm; the driver of a white Lexus collided with a black Honda Civic occupied by a family; the youngest of the passengers being a 10 year old child. The Honda sheared off a fire hydrant, and rolled over; causing severe injuries to the occupants of the vehicle who were trapped inside the car before being rescued by emergency personnel.
The hit and run suspect fled the scene only to be apprehended minutes after by Hemet Police Officers; who took him into custody for fleeing the scene of an injury traffic collision. The driver of the white Lexus; Alexander Townsend, was arrested and transported to Riverside County Jail where he is currently held on a $285,000 bail and facing multiple felony charges.
The victims of the accident were transported to local hospitals for treatment. The driver of the Honda Civic sustained multiple injuries; which include a broken femur; broken ribs; punctured lung; fractured knee; compound fracture to the leg and a broken shoulder. Below is a press release regarding the incident prepared by Lt. Jeff Davis of the Hemet Police Department:
Hit-and-Run with Injuries Driver Arrested
On Sunday, July 10th, at about 2:13PM, Hemet Police Officers were dispatched to a major traffic collision at the intersection of Florida Ave and Columbia Street – two vehicles involved in which one rolled-over. Officers arrived and obtained information from several witnesses indicating one driver fled the scene from his vehicle – a white Lexus. The driver fled despite the collision involving another vehicle that was occupied by a family – all of which sustained injuries.
The injured persons ranged from the ages of 10 to 30 years old. Injuries included, but were not limited to, an open compound fracture to the leg, fractured shoulder, fractured knee, and a pierced lung.As officers and Hemet Fire Department personnel tended to the injured and initiated a traffic collision investigation, additional officers searched for the driver. The driver, Alexander Townsend, was located about 12 minutes later as he attempted to hide in the 2300 block of E Florida Ave.Witnesses identified Townsend as the driver who caused the collision then fled.
Townsend was arrested for leaving the scene of an injury traffic collision and enhancements regarding inflicting great bodily injuries and prior violent / serious felony convictions. Townsend was transported to Riverside County Jail where he remains in-custody on $285,000 bail.
Alexander Townsend is a 53 year old, Colton resident who is currently on Post Community Release Supervision (PRCS) out of Los Angeles County for robbery.
The cause of the collision is still under investigation to include whether or not intoxication was a factor.