Three die in traffic accidents over holiday weekend

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Article Date: 5/26/2009 | Resource: MLG

Three die in traffic accidents over holiday weekend

Inland traffic accidents killed at least three people over the Memorial Day weekend.

Jack Larabee, 19, of Winchester was killed on Saturday morning when his vehicle overturned on Highway 62 near Vidal Junction, ejecting him from the car, according to the San Bernardino County coroner’s office. Samuel Surles, 69, of Hesperia was killed Saturday when a sport-utility vehicle made a left turn in front of his motorcycle at an intersection, the coroner’s office reported.

A 23-year-old South Gate man was killed Monday morning on a winding portion of Highway 243 between Banning and Idyllwild when his motorcycle collided with a recreational vehicle. He was later identified by the Riverside County coroner’s office as Humberto Medina.

The death toll is lower than last Memorial Day weekend, when officials reported eight deaths.

Six people were injured, including two critically, in a three-vehicle collision Monday afternoon in the Rubidoux area. Four fire engines and one truck company responded to a 12:59 p.m. call of a traffic collision at Crestmore and Loring Ranch roads, according to a Riverside County Fire Department statement.

Two victims were trapped and had to be extricated. One of the injured was transported to a local hospital by helicopter.

Two people suffered major injuries Saturday evening in an accident on Pio Pico Road in Temecula. An elderly couple also suffered critical injuries when their car rolled over on Cajalco Road east of Lake Matthews.

The California Highway Patrol reported making 135 DUI arrests in Riverside and San Bernardino counties and 1,296 arrests statewide, as of Monday morning.

Police, sheriff’s deputies and California Highway Patrol officers had stepped up enforcement in San Bernardino County this Memorial Day weekend, fielding more officers on overtime through a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

They staged vehicle checkpoints in Highland, Fontana, Loma Linda and Victorville and stepped up patrols in other communities.

Additional enforcement efforts are also planned for the Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends.

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Jeffrey Marquart