SAN JACINTO – On 02/11/2021 at 8:19 pm, Cal Fire with Soboba Fire Department and Riverside County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to multiple reports of a major crash with people trapped involving at least five vehicles near the intersection of 7th Street and Ramona Expressway.

Arriving crews located five vehicles involved in the crash. Three of the vehicles suffered major damage and were stopped in the middle of the road blocking both lanes of travel.

Three people were pronounced dead at the scene and one died at a hospital. Two other people had minor injuries. Two of the victims were children.

The deadly collision was possibly caused by a wrong way driver according to official radio traffic at the time along with early and unconfirmed reports.

Three of the dead were in a Kia Optima. The fourth was in a Nissan Armada.

The Coroner’s Office identified them Saturday as Aolani Ramirez-Muniz, 11, of Eastvale, who died at Riverside University Health System Medical Center; Elizabeth Muniz, 37, of Hemet; Aileen Sotelo, 16, of Hemet; and Michal Tostado, 31, of Hemet.

At this time official and official cause of the collision has not been established and it’s unknown if drugs or alcohol were a factor.

Anyone who may have witnessed the collision and has not been interviewed is encouraged to call Deputy Munoz at the San Jacinto Sheriff’s Station, (951) 654-2702. Callers can refer to incident file number I210420115 and can remain anonymous.

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By John Strangis

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