Driver Accused of Manslaughter, Hit-and-Run in Deadly Temecula Crash

Travis Hughes Braswell, 63, of Menifee was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and felony hit-and-run in connection with Monday's fatal crash at Town Center and Rancho California Road in Temecula.

A 63-year-old Menifee man has been arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and felony hit-and-run in Monday's crash on Rancho California Road in Temecula that left one person dead, according to police.

Travis Hughes Braswell was driving a full-size pickup truck west on Rancho California Road at about 2:45 p.m. Monday when he is suspected of failing to stop at a red light at Town Center, stated Temecula police Sgt. Dean Spivacke, in a news release.

"The truck struck a gold Pontiac then spun out and struck a gold Saturn. The truck came to rest facing east on Rancho California Road," Spivacke stated. "The Pontiac and Saturn were heavily damaged and remained in the intersection. Each vehicle contained one female occupant."

Police allege Braswell drove away from the scene, traveling east on Rancho California and into the Temecula Town Center parking lot.

"He was located and detained at that location by officers," Spivacke stated.

The driver of the Pontiac, a 27-year-old woman of Escondido and Temecula, and the driver of the Saturn, a 38-year-old woman from Corona were transported to local hospitals, according to Spivacke.

The 27-year-old woman, Sharina Thomason, succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead at 3:25 p.m. at Rancho Springs Medical Center in Murrieta, according to the Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner's Office.

Braswell, who was also transported to a local hospital, was treated and released from medical care.

"He was then arrested and booked at the Southwest Detention Center for vehicular homicide and hit-and-run," Spivacke stated.

Jail records show Braswell was released from custody Tuesday after posting $75,000 bail.

Police were continuing their investigation into the circumstances surrounding the crash that forced a several-hour closure Monday of Rancho California Road.

Anyone with further information in the case was encouraged to contact the Temecula Police Department by calling 951-696-3000.

mel May 13, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Mr , Mrs Applebee there is going to be a celebration of life for Shari on Saturday the 18th at Light and Life chapel Ash campus 10 am. you are invited because with all the pain that we are going thru you need to get over this experince as close as you were to the accident. Thank you for all the kind words and support. There is something good did happen to my family today it has been real hard on my wife being mothers day and all. My daughter n law annouce that she was pregant. When there is Death there is Life.
Steve Applebee May 14, 2013 at 05:04 PM
Thanks Mel--- We will be there.
mel May 14, 2013 at 09:58 PM
Hell yes it is a hit and run. As any law in the states you are to stay near the car and not move it. He Hit my daughter car so hard it went spinning and ended on a hill. His car was so damageed it quit running in the Target parking lot. I bet you if it was able to drive he would have kept on going! So if yhou dont know the rules of the road you better turn in your driver licesne because persons like you shouldnt be on the road!
mel May 14, 2013 at 10:00 PM
Thanks for the truth MTS209 and Denise Parker and kind words
mel May 14, 2013 at 10:04 PM
Brenda thanks for the kind words. Yes I have anger but I know she is in heaven looking down on us now. We were at the school yesterday where she worked they all wore purple shirts and they and a moment of silence they put make her name out of cups and put it on the fence. We didn;t realize how many kids she touched we were hugged by 700 kids it was something


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