For Immediate Release
|Date||May 20, 2003|
|Contact||Detective Joe Avila|
Riverside, Ca- On May 20, 2003, at 2050
hours, officers of the Riverside Police Department responded to a single vehicle
fatal traffic collision on Van Buren Blvd south of Dufferin Av. that killed a
21-year-old male driver and sole occupant of a 1996 Honda Accord.
Skid marks at the scene revealed that the driver was traveling north bound on Van Buren in the #2 lane when he lost control of his vehicle and slid broadside into a palm tree in the center divider. The force of the impact caused the engine compartment to separate from the rest of the vehicle. The driver, not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the now open passenger compartment.
The driver, a Riverside area resident, is not being identified pending notification to the family. The cause of the collision is still under investigation. It is not known if alcohol or excessive speed was a factor in the collision. Members of the Departmentís Major Accident Investigation Team (M.A.I.T.) responded.
Sgt. Ken Carpenter