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Moreno Valley Station

Posted on: January 6, 2022

Fatal Traffic Collision

RIVERSIDE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT

Sheriff Chad Bianco

Press Release:Fatal Traffic Collision
Station Area:Moreno Valley 
Written Date:12/15/2021
Time:11:20 PM
Incident Date:12/21/2021
Time:9:00 AM
Incident Location:Redlands Boulevard, north of Ironwood Avenue, Moreno Valley
Reporting Officer:Sergeant Robert Grmusha
File Number(s):MV213500006


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Martin Joel Ramirez-Hernandez

Update:

After additional information and evidence was obtained during the investigation, the driver of the 2007 Nissan Altima, identified as 55-year-old Martin Joel Ramirez-Hernandez of Mecca, was arrested and booked into custody at the Robert Presley Detention Center, on 01/05/2022. Ramirez-Hernandez was charged with Second-Degree Murder, Felony Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol, Driving with a Suspended License, and an enhancement for the Great Bodily Injury resulting from the collision. Ramirez-Hernandez is being held on $1,000,000.00 bail.

Again, anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call Deputy Jonathan Glass of the Moreno Valley Sheriff’s Station at 951-486-6727 or the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department at 951-776-1099.

Persons who wish to report criminal activity and wish to remain anonymous can call crime stoppers at 800-78-CRIME (800-782-7463) or 800-47-DRUGS (800-473-7847). You can also leave anonymous information on our Crime Tips Online Form.

Details:

On December 15, 2021, about 11:20 PM, deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Moreno Valley Station, responded to the report of a major-injury traffic collision on Redlands Boulevard, north of Ironwood Avenue, in the city of Moreno Valley.  Deputies arrived on-scene to find there were three vehicles involved, a white, 2013 Toyota Corolla, a silver, 2007 Chevy Trail Blazer and an overturned silver, 2007 Nissan Altima.  The driver of the Chevy was located unresponsive in the roadway and subsequently transported to a local area hospital with major injuries.  The driver of the Nissan was found trapped inside of the passenger compartment, requiring  extrication by Cal-Fire personnel before being transported to the hospital with major injuries that were non-life threatening.  The driver of the Toyota was uninjured during the traffic collision and remained on-scene to cooperate with the investigation.    

The Moreno Valley Station’s Traffic Collision Reconstruction Team responded to the scene and assumed the investigation, which revealed two separate traffic collisions had occurred.  Accident investigators learned the Toyota was traveling southbound on Redlands Boulevard when it struck and killed a burro (donkey) crossing the roadway near the intersection with Juniper Avenue.  The driver of the Toyota moved his vehicle from the roadway and was in the process of calling for assistance when the driver of the Chevy angled her vehicle in front of the burro in an apparent attempt to prevent a secondary collision.  The driver of the Chevy exited her vehicle and was standing near the driver’s side door when she was struck by the Nissan.  Upon impact, the Nissan pushed the Chevy into the parked Toyota, then careened across the roadway where it overturned in a nearby drainage ditch.  None of the involved vehicles had passengers.   

On December 19, 2021, it was learned the driver of the Chevy, identified as 52-year-old, Jacqueline Morgan of Moreno Valley, had died from the injuries she suffered during the traffic collision days earlier.  The driver of the Nissan is still being treated at a local area hospital for his injuries.  The identity of other involved parties will not be released pending the full completion of the investigation.  It is unknown at this time if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the collision.   

The traffic collision investigation required the temporary closure of Redlands Boulevard, between Locust Avenue and Ironwood Avenue, in order to process the scene and collect additional evidence. 

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call Deputy Jonathan Glass of the Moreno Valley Sheriff’s Station at 951-486-6727 or the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department at 951-776-1099. 

Persons who wish to report criminal activity and wish to remain anonymous can call crime stoppers at 800-78-CRIME (800-782-7463) or 800-47-DRUGS (800-473-7847). You can also leave anonymous information on our Crime Tips Online Form.  

For media inquiries regarding this incident please contact the Media Information Bureau.

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