18 Aug Recent Redlands updates (crosswalks, car accidents, & shootings)
Here are some recent accidents and other updates that have happened in or around Redlands to help locals take caution.
Over the last few months, Redlands news has been filled with local events for people to attend as big-crowded social activities resume. Children are returning to campus, masks are no longer required, and there is no discussion of cancelling the 2021 summer. We can say it’s almost as if the world has basically gone back to the way it was prior to 2019/2020.
But Redlands locals shouldn’t neglect current events, especially ones that focus on safety in, around, and for the community. In fact, over the last few months there have been several situations that have occurred right here in Redlands that could compromise the safety fo locals.
As a personal injury firm, it’s important that we do our part to help people in our community stay informed and, ultimately, stay safe. So here’s what’s happening locally, and our thoughts.
THE DANGER OF ART? HOW SAFETY CONCERNS COULD NIX CROSSWALK ART IN REDLANDS
True, it’s just art. Public art has been displayed throughout Redlands for some time now — dressing street corners and embellishing the front of the city hall. In fact, earlier this year a sculpture called “Molecule” was installed in a series of Art in Public Places sculptures recommended by the Cultural Arts Commission. But the recent proposal to decorate a pedestrian crossing has led to concerns about security, proceedings, and politics at a city council meeting toward the end of July last month.
According to an article published in California News Times, requests to permanently decorate the pedestrian crossing on Vine St. have been rejected based on: 2013 Federal Highway Authority decision Guidance that discourages that practice.
John Harris, director of utilities and engineering for the city, told the council that his department has historically rejected these requests. He also noted that the Road Safety Commission did not endorse the art of pedestrian crossings, citing federal guidelines and manuals on traffic control equipment.
However, Harris said that it’s difficult to get information from the city about how the art of pedestrian crossings affects safety — there is no data to suggest that they create dangerous situations or that they improve the safety of the problem.
Others have commented that pedestrian crossing murals in other communities have many benefits, including “placemaking, community cohesion, security, regional economic development, crime prevention, pedestrian activity, and improved community involvement.”
IN SUMMARY: Regardless of the final decision, locals should be mindful of the crossing. It’s already garnered attention — both negative and positive — from individuals throughout the community. Though increased safety has been a proposed benefit, a pedestrian crossign is still a pedestrian crossing.
Be sure to look both ways when crossing any street, whether it’s high- or low-traffic.
CAR ACCIDENTS THAT KILL: REDLANDS AND SURROUNDING AREAS
Noah Serrano dies in two-vehicle crash on Nuevo Road [Perris, CA]
18-year-old Noah Serrano of Menifee, died early Friday morning after a two-vehicle collision on Nuevo Road. According to officials, a 2004 Mercedes Benz CLK 320 collided with a 2006 Volvo S40 at the intersection for unknown reasons. Serrano, who was a passenger in the Volvo, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Meanwhile, officers stated both drivers were injured in the collision. Although, it was unclear whether they were hospitalized for treatment. According to authorities, the Volvo sustained significant damage in the collision. At this time, it is unknown whether speed, drugs, or alcohol played a role in the crash. However, an active investigation is underway. [SOURCE]
Olinda Limache-Abregu killed in pedestrian accident on Rider Street [Perris, CA]
According to the Riverside County Officials, the incident occurred around 11:00 a.m., just south of Redlands Avenue. Dispatchers arrived on Rider Street shortly after.
Upon arrival, the paramedics attempted life-saving measures on the female pedestrian. However, due to the extent of her condition, she was later pronounced dead. Eventually, the officials identified the victim as 67-year-old Olinda Limache-Abregu of Moreno Valley.
Investigators later determined that a 2003 Honda CRV struck the woman while walking in an unknown direction. Deputies questioned the driver of the involved vehicle, but did not make any arrests. At this time, the Riverside Authorities are investigating the circumstances surrounding the fatal accident. [SOURCE]
Driver, 21, arrested after allegedly fleeing from crash that killed 16-year-old passenger in Redlands
A 21-year-old driver fled from the scene of a crash in Redlands that killed a 16-year-old passenger inside his vehicle, police said Tuesday.
Austin Jesse Garcia was found at a hospital about 10 miles away from the site of the crash, which was reported to authorities around 2:30 a.m. Sunday, according to the Redlands Police Department. Garcia, a resident of San Bernardino, was allegedly speeding in a 2001 Honda Civic when he tried to make a turn onto West Colton Avenue at the intersection with West Redlands Boulevard, police said.
“His vehicle hit a light pole, causing major damage and killing the passenger,” the department said in a news release.
Garcia fled from the scene, and Redlands police officers — assisted by a K-9 unit with the Claremont Police Department — weren’t able to find him, according to police. But investigators later found him at St. Bernardine’s Hospital in San Bernardino after learning that a man with injuries consistent with the crash had been admitted to the facility.
Officers responded to the hospital and tracked down Garcia, who was arrested without incident, police said. Authorities said he was on probation at the time.
Garcia is being held at West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga on $250,000 bail on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, felony driving under the influence and felony hit-and-run. Police said he’s also being held without bail on suspicion of participating in a criminal street gang. [SOURCE]
Anyone with information can call Redlands police at 909-798-7681 ext. 1.
Man arrested after 2 killed in crash on 215 Freeway in Perris
Police arrested the driver of a heavy-duty pickup on suspicion drunken driving and manslaughter after the truck slammed into a disabled car parked between an exit ramp and northbound lanes of the 215 Freeway in Perris, leaving two people dead over the weekend.
The collision happened Friday, June 18 at 9:30 p.m., south of Nuevo Road, said California Highway Patrol spokesman, Officer Juan Quintero. Preliminary investigation suggests a Mitsubishi Lancer that may have had a flat tire was stopped in the gore point that separates the offramp from through traffic. A Dodge Ram 3500 hauling an empty horse trailer in the far-right lane smashed into the sedan while attempting to merge back onto the northbound freeway.
The driver of the Mitsubishi and a person sitting on the right side of its backseat were seriously hurt in the crash, Quintero said. They were pronounced dead at the scene. Their identities were not immediately released, pending the notification of relatives.
The diver and sole occupant of the Dodge, Jesus Monge Gutierrez, 42, of Quail Valley, was arrested on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter and driving with a blood-alcohol content higher than .08 percent, according to inmate records. He was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center, then released Saturday after posting $75,000 bail. [SOURCE]
POLICE SEARCHING FOR GUNMAN WHO OPENED FIRE ON REDLANDS FIRE TRUCK
Last month a gunman opened fire on a Redlands fire truck and pierced its windshield, prompting a police investigation, officials reported. The shooting happened around 1:50 a.m. as firefighters were responding to a medical call in the 1500 block of Lassen Street, the Redlands Police Department said in a news release.
At the time of the shooting there were no firefighters inside the truck, they were inside of a home rendering aid, Police Commander Stephen Crane told KTLA.
“An unknown suspect fired one round at the front windshield of the fire truck,” Crane said. “No firemen were inside the truck at the time of the shooting, and no injuries have been reported.”
The gunman had not yet been found Thursday morning. No other information was released. [SOURCE]