Drivers are constantly using several senses and thought processes each time that they get behind the wheel. Reaction speed, coordination, concentration, comprehension, and vision are just a few of the processes that drivers use daily. These also happen to be a list of things that alcohol can have a profound effect upon. The Press Enterprise reported on a multi-vehicle accident where drunk driving and possibly street racing were possibly a factor.
The California Highway Patrol reports that an accident where a BMW collided with a Nissan Sentra might have been a street racing contest, according to witnesses. The incident triggered a multi-vehicle accident that left one man dead and another injured.
At approximately 4:33 p.m., 38-year-old Anthony Lopez of Moreno Valley was speeding eastbound on Alessandro Boulevard and approaching Meridian Parkway. Traffic was stopped and Lopez lost control of his vehicle, slamming into the Nissan.
62-year-old Lamond Mansell, who is from Temecula, was pronounced dead at the scene. The occupant of another vehicle involved in the accident suffered from minor injuries and was taken to the hospital.
In total, about seven vehicles were affected by the accident and the ensuing cleanup and investigation closed streets approaching the intersection and the Alessandro on- and off-ramps to the 215 Freeway. All streets were closed for about four hours.
Lopez initially fled the scene but is now in custody.
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