At around 12:20 am the morning of October 2nd, Hemet PD and Hemet Fire and CHP responded to a traffic collision on Florida Ave and Warren Rd. Two vehicles were involved with one of them catching fire. The occupant of the Camry was trapped inside and while firefighters extinguished the flames quickly, they had to perform a physical rescue to free the victim from the wreckage.
The trapped occupant was in full cardiac arrest when she was finally freed and was transported by medical to a local hospital in unknown condition. The occupants of the other vehicle involved seemed to have suffered minor injuries.
The driver of the Camry sustained major injuries when the vehicle she was driving drifted into the opposing lanes of traffic and collided nearly head on with a vehicle occupied by a family of five, according to California Highway Patrol officials.
The woman injured in the collision, who was later identified only as a 22-year-old female named Tatiana, was determined to have been driving under the influence of an unspecified intoxicant.
She was arrested for misdemeanor DUI at the hospital she was transported to after the accident, according to CHP officials who also said this was Tatiana’s second DUI within the last year.
The accident was reported to CHP at 12:14 a.m. and Hemet police officers at 12:15 a.m. The first Hemet police officer arrived on scene of the collision within two minutes of the dispatched call.
Hemet firefighters and other emergency first responders began arriving within minutes of the first officer on the scene.
The accident left the destroyed vehicles and mangled car parts strewn about the roadway. Officers shut down all eastbound and westbound traffic on Florida Avenue while firefighters worked to free the trapped driver and provide first aid to the injured family from the other car.
A preliminary investigation conducted by CHP officers revealed Tatiana “was driving westbound on Florida Avenue when – for an unknown reason – she drifted or swerved into the opposing lanes of traffic,” CHP Officer Hoskins explained.
“When she entered the eastbound lanes of traffic, (Tatiana’s) car struck the other vehicle occupied by the family, causing a glancing front end impact,” according to Hoskins
At 12:38 a.m., just 24 minutes after the call was dispatched, Tatiana was transported by ground ambulance to Riverside University Health System in Moreno Valley. She was in full arrest with major traumatic injuries when she was transported to the hospital, according to Hoskins.
Despite the severity of her injuries, Tatiana survived the collision; however, she sustained a broken pelvis, a broken right foot and right leg, facial trauma, and other major injuries, according to Hoskins. He described her injuries as “very severe.”
After Tatiana was taken to RUHS for treatment, she was arrested by CHP officers, who “determined she had been driving under the influence when the accident happened,” Hoskins stated.