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Press Release: Fatal Hit and Run Traffic Collision
Agency: Menifee Police
Station Area: Perris
Written Date: 11/14/18 Time: 9:00 AM
Incident Date: 11/12/18 Time: 1:48 AM
Incident Location: Highway 74 x Menifee Road, Menifee
Reporting Officer: Sergeant John Burke
File Number(s): ME183160006

Update 12/05/18:

On November 14, 2018, the Menifee Police Department published a Press Release about a fatal traffic collision that occurred two days earlier, on November 12, 2018. The investigation revealed the 22-year old driver of a Lexus sedan was driving his 23-year old wife to the hospital as she had gone into labor with their third child. As the Lexus lawfully accelerated through the intersection of Highway 74 and Menifee Road in Menifee, the driver of a Toyota Tacoma truck illegally accelerated through the stale red light and collided with the Lexus, causing both vehicles to flip over into a roadside ditch. The driver of the truck and his passenger immediately fled the scene on foot, abandoning two female juveniles in their truck. Neither suspect had any concern for the welfare of the occupants of the Lexus, as the driver of the Lexus died in his wife’s arms, leaving a widow, two toddlers and an unborn child. The Perris Station Detective Bureau quickly became involved in the investigation and tenaciously pursued investigative leads in the case. As a result of that work, they acquired evidence identifying the driver of the truck as 19-year old Alan Guzman and his passenger as 29-year old Mario Ortega. The investigation also revealed evidence that alcohol and marijuana were contributing factors in this death investigation, but the case has not yet been closed. The investigation has revealed GUZMAN fled to Mexico and ORTEGA may have fled north towards the Central Valley. The Department is asking the public for help in identifying their whereabouts. If you have any information that could assist the Department in locating the suspects, please call Master Investigator Tom Salisbury at 951-210-1046 or by email at tsalisbu@riversidesheriff.org.

Alan Guzman Mario Ortega and Alan Guzman

Details:

On 11/12/18, about 1:48 AM, Menifee Police Officers responded to a traffic collision at Highway 74 x Menifee Road, Menifee.  The driver of a Lexus sedan was traveling westbound on Highway 74, when it was struck by a Toyota truck that was traveling northbound on Menifee Road.  The driver of the Lexus was a 22-year-old male resident of Hemet.  His passenger was a 23-year-old resident of Hemet.  The driver succumbed to his injuries at the scene.  His passenger was transported to the hospital with moderate injuries. 

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The driver of the Toyota and a male passenger (seen in photos above) fled the scene and are currently being sought by the Menifee Police Department.  A 15-year-old female and 17-year-old female passenger in the Toyota were transported to the hospital for minor injuries. 

The Menifee Police Traffic Reconstruction Team is leading the investigation in conjunction with Menifee Police Detectives.  Anyone with information is encouraged to call Sergeant J. Burke at 951-210-1091 or Officer B. Bryan at 951-210-1079.   

 

Citizens may also submit a tip using the Sheriff's CrimeTips online form.

 

 

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