One of two people killed in a head-on collision just south of Moreno Valley that also left seven injured was identified Monday as a 31-year-old Riverside resident.
Nestor Canales was a passenger in a van that was struck by a vehicle going eastbound on Gilman Springs Road, about a mile east of Bridge Street, according to the Riverside County coroner’s office.
The other person killed in the wreck was a 64-year-old Los Angeles woman, whose identity has not been released.
According to the California Highway Patrol, 27-year-old Brandon Hoffman of San Jacinto was behind the wheel of a 2004 Lexus that drifted across double yellow lines and newly installed yellow paddle markers, intended to deter vehicles from illegally passing on curves, about 5:25 a.m. Sunday.
Officer Darren Meyer said offman’s Lexus ended up in the westbound lanes — directly in the path of 52-year-old Juan Llagundo’s 2008 Toyota Sienna. Llagundo did not have time to swerve, and the two vehicles collided, according to Meyer.
He said Canales was killed on impact, along with the woman, who was seated in the front of the Toyota.
Llagundo and four of his passengers suffered major injuries and were taken to Riverside University Medical Center in Moreno Valley for treatment.
Hoffman and his rear seat passenger, 24-year-old Jacqueline Faye of Moreno Valley, were seriously hurt and were also taken to the county hospital for treatment.
Meyer said it’s possible that alcohol, drugs and driver fatigue contributed to the wreck, which remains under investigation.
Gilman Springs Road has been the location of multiple deadly head-on collisions over the past few years.
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