A freeway wreck killed one Beaumont man, critically injured another and caused a 2-½-hour SigAlert this morning along Interstate 10 in Cabazon, according to California Highway Patrol officers and Riverside County Fire Department officials.
“It was a 1982 Camry versus a big-rig,” CHP Officer Jaci Parent said of the 12:50 a.m. collision along the freeway’s westbound lanes near Fields Road. “The (fatally injured) victim was the passenger in the Camry.”
Riverside County coroner’s officials have not released the name of the 26-year-old passenger.
The driver was 26-year-old Robert Martinez, also of Beaumont, who was taken to Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs and then transferred to Loma Linda University Medical Center with what fire officials say are critical injuries.
Witnesses told investigators that the Camry was being driven recklessly before it plowed into the back of the big rig, Parent said. Investigators suspect that alcohol may have been a factor in the crash, Parent said.
The wreck blocked three westbound lanes and triggered a SigAlert until 3:32 a.m.
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