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Investigators: Other Motorist Ran Light in Temecula Fatal

The resident had been traveling west on Rancho California Road and entered the intersection against a red light, according to a Riverside County sheriff's sergeant.

Sheriff's traffic investigators Sunday said that a Temecula resident blew through a red light, causing a crash that left two senior citizens from Yorba Linda dead.

The resident was taken to a hospital with major injuries following the fatal crash on Rancho California Road, near Jefferson Avenue, according to Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. John Magnan.

"Investigation revealed the 2006 Hyundai ... had been traveling westbound on Rancho California and entered the intersection against a red light and struck the Honda as the driver was making a left-hand turn onto eastbound Rancho California Road," Magnan wrote in a news release.

Amar Jain, 74, and Cheryl Jain, 66, were both pronounced dead according to the Riverside County Coroner's office.

Amar Jain was the driver and was trapped in his vehicle, Patch learned at the scene; he was pronounced dead at 3:18 p.m.

Cheryl Jain was the passenger; she was pronounced dead at 3:22 p.m., the coroner's office reported.

The road was closed for about five hours so that authorities could free the trapped motorist, clear the wreck and further investigate.

Traffic investigators were still working Sunday to determine all the factors in the crash, Magnan said.

"At this time of the investigation, officers are unable to determine if alcohol and/or drugs contributed to the cause of the collision," he wrote.

Brenda October 22, 2012 at 03:01 AM
We do realize that Cindy from our comments on the 1st article but we do have a constant issue with people running red lights and the discussion has carried over. No one here has forgotten that a husband and wife died, a mother, father, maybe grandparents, and others were injured and alot of damage to many cars. All by one man who we may never know why he did what he did. :/ Rip, and god bless the families and friends.
Brenda October 22, 2012 at 03:02 AM
I agree On the right side completely.
Brenda October 22, 2012 at 03:07 AM
Hey Becca, Wondering if you have a site you got this information from? I had not heard either of these arguements. The maintaining or that MOST of the time someone other then the car owner is driving the car, and who is getting the ticket? I think you are saying that this causes dismissal of the ticket. "The money to maintain them is much more than cities collect on traffic tickets plus in traffic court the tickets are easily dismissed for a variety of reasons but in most cases the person who runs the light and is photographed is not the owner of the car, who gets the ticket."
KB October 22, 2012 at 05:50 AM
What we need - and don't have - is leadership from the Temecula City Council on the issue of traffic control (aggressive driving, speeding, running red lights, tailgating and on and on). It will never be eliminated, but it seems like in Temecula we have an inordinate number of traffic fatalities. Someone needs to get tough.
Ninja Chick October 22, 2012 at 09:05 AM
Let's try another scenario since no one really knows what happened to the driver of the silver car. He may have had a seizure, stroke or a cardiac incident which could have caused the erratic driving and the accident. I speak from experience after going into cardiac arrest and running into a house a few years ago. If there had been a child in my path that day I would have hit it without even trying to slow down or stop. I'm also sure that everyone in town would have wanted me to pay for my crime before knowing what had really occurred to me medically. Do people need to slow down? Yes. Do we need to obey the traffic laws? Yes. Stop at red lights and quit running through the yellow ones? Of course. Just stop condemning someone until you know the whole story...
Brenda October 22, 2012 at 10:05 AM
Paul, years ago when the signal camera got me for running a red light, I was embarrassed and horrified. Seriously it looks like 10 camera's going off and everyone can see THEM at night. I lit up like a Christmas Tree!!! Then to get the ticket in the mail with 6 pictures of every single angle of my car and ME, embarrassment like no other. I have not run a red light since and actuallly slow down below the limit in case it does change and the car behind me knows I will be stopping. I had hit the cross walk line yellow and continued on through thinking I was ok. The old law, hit the first cross walk line yellow and you are ok. I kept going through the light as a few seconds before this guy was on my tail and when that light went yellow I panic'd thinking he would ram me if I stopped. Sure enough he went right through the RED light behind me. He definately hit the first cross walk line red.
Brenda October 22, 2012 at 10:18 AM
I agree that there is no reason to know his name at this time. There is family to notify always in a situation like this, no matter how minor or severe his injuries are which sometimes take awhile. Especially if they are severe. Also as someone has now mentioned, and makes you think about, (because why would anyone in their right mind do something like this long chain of events) it could have been a medical problem, even though the police have now said "he blew through the red light hitting the SUV and killing the 2 people inside". No one will know until he is able to tell them what state he was in, blood tests come back for drugs and alcohol, and his medical history. Could be new medications, he didnt heed warning not to drive until you know how they affect you, perhaps a history of seizures. We just wait and see if we find out what would cause something like this to happen. :/ If he was able to get out of the car, uninjured at the accident and say he ran the red light then that would be a different story about his name.
Brenda October 22, 2012 at 10:23 AM
Agree KB. Its drivers and we cant just take the car away like we do to our teenagers for not driving safe, or not doing chores. :/ These just get back in the car and do it again. Everyone take a ride as passnger for a few days and just watch the traffic interchanges, the speeds, the freeways, and remember to take your camera and video too. Unlike me who always forgets it. I dread everytime my daughter gets in her mid size Suv with my grandson and wish to God she was driving my suburban instead. :/
Mike October 22, 2012 at 03:06 PM
No doubt there will be yet another accident similar this week. Lived in the LA valley and never seen so many Accidents like here in Temecula . Maybe drivers education before handing out licenses at the DMV? Or bring back red light cameras they are free to the city by private companies. Only fools that run red lights will contest
T 22 October 22, 2012 at 04:17 PM
You are right, I was thinking the same thing. It could have been a medical condition. Thanks for pointing that out
MTS209 October 22, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Agree, I was thinking the exact samething. This was not just an accident, but murder by vehicle.
Michelle October 22, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Almost every time I am at an intersection waiting at a stoplight in Temecula the light changes to green and 2 or 3 cars blow through the red on their side like some how they have waited long enough or their life and time is more important than others. Now one of them has tragically killed a couple visiting. Start enforcing the laws we have in place... sign on Rancho Cal & Ynez says how much for red light running? a couple of hundred bucks? Enforce it! Pick those cars of one by one. Hit these inconsiderate boneheads in the pocket where it might hurt and make them change their behavior.
Galactic Cannibal October 22, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Listen up dudes and dudettes. When drivers know they will get an automatic and mandatory $2,000 fine for running a red light plus one year in jail. with NO appeal....THEY WILL PAY ATTENTION. And don't give me any of the standard mamby pamby "my rights" crap Drivers are constantly running red lights and usually get away with it. Sadly , sometimes they kill other drivers and passengers.
growtomatoes October 22, 2012 at 06:10 PM
I have a good friend who received two red light camera tickets in a month. Each time she was furious and was sure she hadn't run a red light, and then surprised and shook up when she saw the photos that proved, even to her, that she had. Having been her (nervous) passenger, I knew she had a habit of pushing through yellow lights, and I would guess she might not even know she was sometimes running reds. Two tickets, fines, and classes, and she says she has slowed down. I wonder if the tickets and classes may have prevented a future accident, but she is against the cameras! Go figure.
Zygo October 22, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Running a red light is an infraction. The only way to start giving jail time is to make it a misdemeanor and even then the max fine would be $1000 (although associated fees could drive it considerably up). Yes, running red lights seems to be a sport in this area of California, more so than I've seen in less affluent areas of L.A. County. The jails are overcrowded now, and unless you want to start pushing other criminals out early, it's not even a possibility. Solution - better enforcement of current laws. I do understand your frustration, but to start picking infractions to change to misdemeanors is not the solution. This driver, if not a victim of a medical condition, will be charged with misdemeanors and probably felonies due to not only his actions which led to deaths, but also because some of hs actions would fall into categories beyond infractions.
Brenda October 22, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Agree with all of you Mike, Michelle, Gal Cann, Zygo and grow. Have never seen the amount of traffic violations going on constantly when I am out on the city streets or our stretch of freeway. These illegal moves, wreckless driving, speeding etc. that lead to someone elses injury or death for godsake cannot continue to be written off as infractions. A criminal act is committed, that during the course of that leads to a death or serious injuries. How can they just get a ticket? We have several "wrecks" like this still out there pending where we have not heard if people were given a ticket, or cited for additional charges. Why so MUM on those? This goes back to some on the freeway, ie small truck running into the back of a parked tractor trailer on the side of the freeway at Winchester I believe. Several road accidents with deaths where no one else was around nor saw it. Some bike riders hit and injured, or dead etc. How do we find out those outcomes? I think if we can, then we can start writing letters to the powers that be with statistics or more and more are going to keep dying.
Dorian October 22, 2012 at 10:39 PM
My family and I witnessed this accident. We were one car back at the stop light turning south into Old Town. My wife and son are pretty shook up and are having trouble sleeping. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of this killed.
TVOR October 22, 2012 at 11:38 PM
KB, what this person did is a horrible crime, but it is not murder. Technically speaking anyway.
Joe F October 23, 2012 at 12:26 AM
His name is Christopher Bostic. His name was released in the public notification the Sheriff's Department put out. See it here: http://www.riversidesheriff.org/press/sws12-1020.asp Not sure why this was left out of the article. It's all over every other media outlet's stories.
Joe F October 23, 2012 at 12:35 AM
TVOR - one witness account said they saw the driver with no emotion on his face before they heard his engine rev high as he accellerated directly into the side of the turning traffic. I did not witness this collision, but I am very close to the details of the incident and spent a good amount of time at the scene after it happened. My personal belief (just an educated guess - nothing more) is that the driver was suicidal and was not simply trying to flee his first accident. Based on witness accounts from the first accident, it sounds like he may have had the gas pedal all the way on the floor during that incident as well and blew through the red light at Ynez road, never slowing for the cars he hit or the ones he almost hit in that intersection. My guess is that he never took the pedal off the floor from before that scene all the way until he collided with the innocent victims at Jefferson.
Brenda October 23, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Joe F, We all have scenerios, andthink it might be this or that, or why he could have done this or that. Or why did he have to kill people. Your idea of possible suicide is most certainly a good possibility, just like illness, or drunk, or knew he was in big trouble from priors, had the first accident in the Vons parking lot and went on to run from there right into causing the 2nd one and killing two people. There are alot of possibilities and yours is right on up there. If it wasnt his own illness he will have some explaining to do if he recovers. I havent even began to process what could be the reason behind this massacre he created. I really just don't feel anything on this one except a deep sorrow for these families involved. But suicide or even pre planned suicide by cop might have been in his mind I guess. Good thoughts there Joe F. gives me even more to ponder now :)
Cash October 24, 2012 at 03:57 AM
But according to the City Council Temecula is the 2nd safest city in America! What a crock! If the city council can't admit Temecula has serious safety issues and show some leadership they need to be relieved!!!! This could have been your wife, husband, son, or daughter very easily. Who knows, unless things change it may be...
Thomas Termini October 24, 2012 at 11:23 PM
What can the city council do to control reckless driving? Maybe California drivers ought to start by obeying traffic laws.
Cash October 25, 2012 at 01:53 AM
How about start a Traffic Safety task force or a Saftey Committee that can collaborate and share ideas on how to address some of these issues. Maybe direct the police force to crack down on violators and hold the police accountable for something. I see violations occur right in front of the police and they do nothing. Possibly work with the schools to educate young drivers regarding the consequences of reckless driving..... Be leaders in the community! It sounds like you have already given up Tom.
Brenda October 25, 2012 at 02:19 AM
Hey Tom, You are so right Tom. When you see 2 or 3 cars run the same red light you realize its never going to stop until drivers control their wreckless driving. Make a promise to ourselves to obey the laws as close as we can and not be on cells, or playing with the radio or gazing off into the sunset. It all comes down to us drivers being responsible and as Cash says, continue educating new drivers as to the deadly machine they are driving, or will be driving.
Galactic Cannibal October 25, 2012 at 02:53 AM
Committees and Task Forces are a total waste of time . They are a form of low life bureaucracy, that never achieve solutions. Just a huge pile of Bull #hit. and money plus time wasted. Politicians and the Military are experts in those domains.
Cash October 25, 2012 at 04:38 AM
Wow, a lot of complaining and sorry excuses is all I am hearing from some. If you are not part of the solution you are part of the problem. See how far your whining gets you in life then give me a call.
On the right side October 26, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Sounds like you want the police to do their job. Why do you need a task force for that?Shouldn't that be a given?
Michael November 23, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Actually, they knew he didn't have a medical condition because he was fleeing from another crash.
Brenda November 23, 2012 at 03:35 AM
You are right Michael the other newer article just says he is a chronic wreckless driver, or something like that. ?!?!?! Chronic wreckless driver with a drivers license who started out in the Vons parking lot, racing around in there for a few, hitting a few cars I understood it to be, then hit a few cars on the road on the way to the collision that killed the Jain"s. Why they did not elaborate the story on this guy to include his starting point of Vons is beyond me............any ideas out there? Why in the world would a 45 year old man(going on memory here from next article)be driving like this with no mental or physical problems or illness's?? Sorry but he must be totally insane or he is a murder'er getting his 1st murder in but with charges like vehicular manslaughter instead of cold blooded murder 1. Its a doozey thats for sure.

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