A 23-year-old man killed in a crash in Hemet was a passenger in a Ford Focus that drifted into the path of an oncoming truck, police said Monday.
Timothy Gibbons, of Hemet, was injured at about 10:30 p.m. Saturday on Mountain Avenue about 100 yards west of Soboba Street, according to Hemet police.
Gibbons was taken to Riverside University Health System Medical Center where he was pronounced dead just before midnight.
Gibbons was a passenger in a Ford Focus that had been headed west on Mountain Avenue when it drifted over the double yellow lines and into the path of a westbound Chevrolet truck with four people inside, according to Hemet police Lt. Eric Dickson.
“The driver of the Chevrolet tried to avoid the collision but the Ford collided into the Chevrolet, causing the Chevrolet to roll over,” Dickson said.
The driver and three passengers in the truck were injured and taken to a hospital, according to Dickson, who said they all expected to fully recover.
Both Gibbons and the driver of the Ford were injured but conscious when taken to a hospital. Gibbons later died from his injuries, but the Ford driver, though seriously injured, was expected to survive, Dickson said.
“At this time, alcohol is suspected to be a factor in this collision,” Dickson said. “However the investigation is still ongoing.”