*UPDATED* Hemet: Officer Involved Crash, 3 Injured, 1 in Critical Condition

hpdHEMET — Details are still emerging and officials have said very little after at least three people, including an on-duty Hemet Police Sergeant were injured in a three-vehicle crash that was possibly caused by street racing Monday, July 24.



The accident – that destroyed all three vehicles and left one almost beyond recognition – happened in the 3000 block of W. Stetson Avenue at the intersection of Kirby Street, in front of Seven Hills Golf Club, in Hemet.

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Initial Press Release From CHP


The major-injury traffic collision happened about 10 p.m., CHP Officer Mark Hendrickson said from the scene of the crash.

“We have a three vehicle collision including Hemet Police,” Hendrickson explained. “For right now we don’t know exactly who’s at fault or what all was involved (and) we’re still gathering witness statements.”

“For the time-being, we have three vehicles and all three parties were transported,” said Hendrickson.

When emergency first responders arrived at the scene of the crash, they located the three wrecked vehicles. One or two vehicles were racing racing and possibly tried to flee from a traffic stop just before the collision happened.

An Infinity Q4 collided with the HPD cruiser, which led the other vehicle, a silver Chrysler 300 to smash into a traffic signal pole. Vehicle parts and debris were strewn across the road and intersection.

One of the vehicle’s steering wheel was found, broken in half, about 25 yards from where two of the vehicles came to rest. Other debris was spread even further.

The driver of the Chrysler sustained major, traumatic injuries and was trapped inside the mangled wreckage of his car. After firefighters used the “Jaws of Life” to extricate the driver, he was transported to Hemet Ryan Airport where he was life-flighted to Riverside University Health System’s trauma center in Moreno Valley.

The driver of the Chrysler sustained major, traumatic injuries and was trapped inside the mangled wreckage of his car. After firefighters used the “Jaws of Life” to extricate the driver, he was transported to Hemet Ryan Airport where he was life-flighted to Riverside University Health System’s trauma center in Moreno Valley.

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The Driver of the Chrysler 300

The driver slipped into a coma and last news regarding his condition was that he might be regaining consciousness, but if he makes it out alive, he may lose a leg. A picture of the man was posted on social media along with requests for people to attend a rally in his support.

The family claims the driver of the Chrysler 300 wasn’t racing before the collision wasn’t a factor in the the collision.

Both the sergeant and the other driver were transported by ground ambulance to area hospitals for further treatment. The HPD Sergeant sustained minor injuries and the driver of the Infinity SUV wasn’t injured in the collision.

When asked about the cause of the crash and witness statements that the accident happened when the Hemet police officer possibly attempted to pull over two speeding vehicles that we reportedly racing, Hendrickson responded, “I heard that as well, but again, until we get all the pieces of the puzzle together it’s a little (early) to determine.”

As of this report, a request for further information from Hemet PD regarding the accident had not yet been answered or responded to.

This is still a developing story and will be updated as new information becomes available.



 Screen Shot 2017-07-25 at 9.14.36 PMFrom ABC7


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2 thoughts on “*UPDATED* Hemet: Officer Involved Crash, 3 Injured, 1 in Critical Condition

  1. The hemet officer turned into the Chrysler 300 it looked like he was trying to make a u-turn and just didnt see the chrysler 300. The chrysler 30p was not racing

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