Two people died in a fiery head-on collision on Gilman Springs Road near Bridge Street in the unincorporated community of Lakeview on Monday, July 3 at around 11:30 p.m.
Arriving crews located at least one vehicle on fire with parties trapped. Firefighters had the flames under control in less than 10 minutes before fire spread to the surrounding vegetation.
According to Sgt. Adrian Huerta, San Gorgonio Highway Patrol, the driver of the red Corvette was traveling at a high rate of speed, approximately 85 miles per hour, according to witnesses, when he failed to negotiate a turn, overcorrected and veered into the opposite lane, colliding head-on with a silver Buick La Sabre driven by John McDaniel, age 60.
The Corvette was fully engulfed by flames, said Huerta. A Good Samaritan driving a water district truck witnessed the crash and noticed that the Buick was beginning to catch fire as well.
Using a tow strap, the individual managed to pull the vehicle away from the already fully-engulfed Corvette, saving the life of the Buick’s occupant, said Huerta.
The Hemet Police Department was on scene immediately and pulled McDaniel from the car. Firefighters extricated two patients who were transported via ambulance to a local hospital with major to moderate injuries.
At least one fatality was confirmed on scene by paramedics. Gilman Springs Road near the location of the collision was closed off pending conclusion of the investigation.
The driver of the Corvette and cause of death are not identified at this time, but Huerta said the driver suffered major head injuries.
McDaniel was with an unidentified 77- year-old passenger, who later died at the hospital Tuesday morning.
This incident is still an active CHP investigation and more info will be released as it becomes available.