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.
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