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DATE AND TIME: 04-28-2018 at 8:52 p.m.
LOCATION: Ramona Expressway east of Vernon Avenue
CITY: San Jacinto
INVESTIGATING AGENCIES: Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Cal Fire

INTERVIEW WITH WITNESS IN FOOTAGE

The driver of the Honda Civic , Jeff Herrmann, 52, Hemet resident, was a personal friend and enjoyed gathering news in the Hemet and San Jacinto area for Hemet Eye News.

Herrmann was a Navy veteran with PTSD who was the center of a story Hemet Eye News reported on in the past when he was facing eviction from his residence because of not agreeing with illegal activities being conducted at his rental property.

The owners of Hemet Eye News offered him stay at their residence and he was living with them as a roommate and became a good friend.

The night of the accident, he was drinking and was advised against driving, but unfortunately for all of those involved, he decided to do so anyways.

The accident occurred a short time after he left and when arriving on scene, it wasn’t immediately known who the driver of the civic was until notification from the coroner later that evening.

(UPDATE 04-29-2018 at 11:00 p.m.)
The family of the juvenile victim of the crash has posted a Gofundme account for anyone who wishes to donate.

Additional information about the juvenile victim will be added to this post if requested or when released.

https://www.gofundme.com/memorial-for-tony-gomez

FROM RSO PRESS RELEASE:

On April 28, 2018 at 8:52 pm, Deputies from the San Jacinto Police Department responded to a traffic collision on Ramona Expressway east of Vernon Avenue.

The initial investigation indicated a Honda Civic was traveling west on Ramona Expressway while a Nissan Maxima was traveling east on Ramona Expressway.

The Civic veered across the center line and into the path of the Maxima. The two vehicles collided head-on. The driver of the Civic was ejected and died at the scene.

All three occupants of the Maxima were transported to area hospitals, and one of them later succumbed to his injuries.

Three other vehicles were also involved, but there were no other major injuries. Alcohol may be a factor in the collision, and the investigation is ongoing.

Ramona Expressway was closed for several hours while the collision was investigated. The San Jacinto Police Department requests anyone having additional information regarding this incident to call Deputy Cox at the San Jacinto Police Department at 951-487-7352

By John Strangis

John is a reporter, photojournalist, photographer and videographer who has contributed to local and national TV news stations and publications. He has a great passion for news but specifically for working in the field as a stringer. "Being a nightcrawler isn't just a job, it's a lifestyle." - John Strangis

22 thoughts on “San Jacinto Double Fatal MCI with Ejection (UPDATED)”
    1. So very sorry for your loss of your precious son. Praying for your other two children to recover and the family as well. Praying the hands that are on your children be blessed with much knowledge and know how. My heart hurts for you and your family during this difficult time. Blessings.

    2. Monica, So very sorry for the loss of your baby boy💔Such a tragedy. This man chose to drink then he chose to drive. A selfish act. An innocent life lost. Completely unfair…

    3. 💔 lo siento mucho..yo tengo hijos de esa edad q estan en hemet high..inmajino su dolor..mis mas sentido pesame

    4. Monica, I am so sorry for your loss. We are all praying for your two still trying to recover. Please know that your children are all deeply loved. The community is coming together with prayer and support. My boys go to Hemet High and have known your boys since Bautista Creek. Tony played lacrosse with one of my boys. I wish there was a way to bring him back. Tell Marco to keep fighting. Tell Brianna to be strong. They are loved! ❤ Praying for your family. Always.

  1. Bad decisions were made… Jeff’s family is also mourning the loss of his life . Please be sensitive with words that are chosen.

    1. thank you if i could go back and take the keys I most definitely would. I’m so sorry for your loss on the irresponsibility of my father…..

    2. Terribly wrong decisions where made. You don’t drink and drive ever. Its never ok to do it. And because of his poor decisions another mother is mourning the death of her child when it could have been avoided.

    3. He didn’t seem to be sensitive to the decision he took that night. Unfortunately those who stay behind have to hear the rest vent. If it was the other way around I’m sure you wouldn’t be sensitive with your choice of words.

    1. Ann, it was baby tony who was airlifted and attempted to be sent to Loma Linda for care, unfortunately, Tony did not make it to LLUMC. So now instead of worrying about his grades, his friends and his sports…we need to worry about his funeral and how his inseparable twin brother will be handling not having his faithful and always constant partner in crime… 🙁

      1. Actually, the GoFundMe page is set up. It will primarily be used for Tony’s funeral, if anything else is left it will be used for all the medical expenses of the three. Tony’s page is actually mentioned above and you can click and it will direct you to it. Thank you.

  2. Please understand that we, the family of Tony, his twin brother and their sister, can NOT by sympathetic for the drivers death…he MADE a decision that could have and SHOULD HAVE been avoided. Drinking and driving is NEVER acceptable, and now because of it we have lost a young, funny and irreplaceable person who meant SO much to our family and his community. We are now trying to cope with the aftermath and pain. Trying to make his sister understand she had NO fault in this , and continuing to stay strong for Tony’s brother recovery. But what no one sees is the PAIN…I have my brother at home and even in his sleep he is CRYING and MOURNING the loss of his boy!!! So no, don’t ask us to sympathize with the drunk driver…at this moment we can NOT!!!

    1. Well said . My prayers go out to your family may God hold you all tight through this tough time. May God hold his sister and heal her of her blame. May you all heal . May Tony’s memories always be with us.Rest In Peace Tony. You will forever be in our ♥️ hearts.

  3. May the peace that only the Lord can provide fill your hearts and souls. Many prayers for your family.

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