Man Runs From Police, Struck by Car on Winchester Road

The man was hit just after 5:42 p.m. Friday on Winchester Road just east of Ynez Road in Temecula, as he ran from the parking lot of TGI Friday's, a sheriff's corporal said.

Traffic investigators process the scene of a pedestrian versus vehicle crash Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 across from TGI Friday's in Temecula. (Photo/Joe Fanaselle)
Traffic investigators process the scene of a pedestrian versus vehicle crash Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 across from TGI Friday's in Temecula. (Photo/Joe Fanaselle)

An investigation into a crash involving an allegedly intoxicated man who reportedly ran from police resulted in a several-hour closure Friday night of a busy Temecula roadway.

Riverside County sheriff’s Cpl. Robert Martinez said the man was hit just after 5:42 p.m. Friday on Winchester Road near Ynez Road as he allegedly tried to evade capture.

“We received a call at 5:42 p.m. regarding a subject who was intoxicated in the parking lot of TGI Friday’s,” Martinez said. “Deputies responded to scene and while trying to make contact with the individual, he ran northbound across Winchester.”

The man got across the eastbound lanes but as he was attempting to weave his way through traffic in westbound lanes, he was struck by a motorist, the corporal said.

“He suffered serious injuries however they appear to be non-life threatening at this point,” Martinez said. “He was transported to a local hospital.”

The name of the 33-year-old man was not immediately disclosed.

The driver of the car that hit him did not suffer any injuries, according to Martinez.

The car appeared to be a blue Honda coupe, which according to a Patch reporter on scene, had a smashed front windshield along with other body damage.

Reporter Joe Fanaselle said the victim’s clothes were strewn across the roadway near the crash site, which was about 300 feet east of the Winchester/Ynez intersection. There was also blood on the road.

The investigation caused Winchester Road to be closed between Ynez Road and Ring Road, near Barnes and Noble at Temecula Promenade.

Temecula police Sgt. Dean Spivacke told Patch that eastbound lanes were reopened by about 9:30 p.m. and that westbound lanes should be reopened by about 10 p.m.

Spivacke, who responded to investigate the crash, said police would decide at a later date whether to pursue a misdemeanor charge against the man.

Brenda January 04, 2014 at 03:33 AM
Misdemeanor charges? Police were called to the scene of an intoxicated subject. He took off running across Winchester getting himself hit by a car who could not avoid him. That can not be worked into a felony? Seriously? Ran from police, his drunk self sounds like he did considerable damage running into it. Am I wrong in assuming running from police is a felony? Hell he could have killed someone in that car he hit while he was drunk! Or someone in a car close by who tried to avoid him.
Callitlikeitis January 04, 2014 at 03:37 AM
Yep, just a misdemeanor Brenda.
Brenda January 04, 2014 at 04:07 AM
Pshhhh chit. Misdemeanors end up with a slap on the wrist in the DA's office and he walks and is told to promise that he will never drink and act stupid again. Wonder how well that will work.
JJ Mclure January 04, 2014 at 09:55 AM
Gerry Brown lets felons out so it doesn't matter....get rid of the libs.
Patrick January 04, 2014 at 11:11 AM
If only there had been a DUI checkpoint set for the WB lanes. I understand the goof was on foot.. But had traffic been snarled by the checkpoint...
southernbelle January 04, 2014 at 11:19 AM
fight for a new law: RUI!!! hehehe Brenda--he may have gotten hurt bad enough that he might learn something, but then he was running for a reason. There's more going on with him. Charges I think might apply (not schooled in law, just opinion)- Evading police, resisting arrest, drunk in public, public nuisance, jaywalking/running….and that's just the obvious. There's probably others I just don't know about. They should rack them up and let the judge decide which charges should apply. Can you imagine the horror of the person who hit him??!! I cringe thinking about a possible new teen driver having such an experience. *shivers*
Scarf ace January 04, 2014 at 11:40 AM
Yes just a misdemeanor this is a non story. Who cares , he will get no time. He will pay though through his injuries. Idiot!
SA January 04, 2014 at 01:07 PM
I feel bad for the motorist that inadvertently hit this perp… However, I am glad the perp was hit as being stupid and selfish should hurt …
AlwaysPO'd January 04, 2014 at 01:54 PM
The poor driver will be out the deductible to get his car fixed while the runner limps free. The costs involved here are far too low for legitation so the real loser once again is John Q. Public. Chaulk another tragedy up to booze.
Steve Newman January 04, 2014 at 03:26 PM
The guy is guilty of being stupid in public. Running from the law when you are lit up is an indication there is something more to look into. Not just being drunk in a parking lot- that has been done before. Charge him with RUI- running under the influence. Did they impound his shoes?
bigmickfan January 04, 2014 at 03:34 PM
AlwaysPO'd Small Claims court is where the driver should go. Did you never watch Judge Judy? LOL
southernbelle January 04, 2014 at 10:17 PM
hahaha, @Steve…Stupid in Public!!! Sometimes I wish that were an unlawful offense! haha can you imagine the money the courts would rake in on that one. *funny*
Infidel Jones January 05, 2014 at 12:35 PM
If this were a COP running, the persecutors would charge the "criminal" with attempted murder. So perhaps the cops should be charged here! The "suspect" didn't even injure anyone, but the cops made an effin' big deal out of it--resulting in an allegedly drunk (BFD!) guy getting seriously injured.
southernbelle January 05, 2014 at 01:57 PM
Either you're just trolling or really just not very bright. Prosecutors not persecutors. a cop wouldn't run from a criminal. No one "made" the idiot run. Especially into a busy street--his stupid, intoxicated choice. the suspect DID injure--the driver of the car was traumatized because of his actions, and property was also damaged. The cops didn't make a big deal--the guy made it a big deal by causing his own drama and acting stupid enough to have someone call on him then making serious bad choices that got HIMSELF injured. the "BFD" is exactly what happened. your comment is nonsense and your thinking is idiotic, to put it frankly.
Infidel Jones January 05, 2014 at 04:18 PM
YOU are the one espousing idiotic ideas--and fascist, authoritarian ones, as well. As for intelligence, I'd wager that my IQ trumps yours by at least 50 points--and that's granting you a considerable amount of leeway, if not charity. In truth, an officious intermeddler called the cops, who then caused someone to panic. And YES--they ARE indeed "persecutors!"
Brenda January 05, 2014 at 07:32 PM
LOL, this has gotten pretty darn funny!! Southern, Steve, JJ, AlwaysPO'd, SA, Patrick, all good points. Southern you listed off all the reasons this guy should be charged with at least one felony in there but the police did take it lightly, or funny. In the long run the driver is traumatized, and does have to pay a deductible. They should have charged him with everything and let the DA figure out what would stick. But he caused alot of police time, and havoc, and a wreck on the streets that did not have to happen because he RAN.
ChrisG January 05, 2014 at 07:46 PM
Maybe the runner has insurance or can be sued to cover the cost of the deductible. Maybe he's a stand up guy when not drunk and will offer to pay the deductible. But, probably not.
southernbelle January 06, 2014 at 12:13 AM
@Jones, I suppose it's all a matter of perspective. I 'get' that to you my respect for authority seems idiotic, just as your contempt for such, is to me. Only I win! *shrug* Because we live under governed laws here in America...don't be a hater. :o( I hear Antarctica isn't governed and you can act as liberal and idiotic as you wish without causing any harm to many others. also, ahhhhhh--who cares about IQ, you could be right. But there's a difference between smarter and wiser. I prefer the latter. *wink* Lastly, persecute: I didn't read anything in the article stating religious, race, or political views. feel free to right click and request "definition." ps-I'm feeling ornery tonight so I apologize if I come off as rude. I actually appreciate your authentic point of view, even though I think it's ridiculous.
southernbelle January 06, 2014 at 12:16 AM
@ChrisG love your optimism. yeah...probably not. -__-
Steve Newman January 06, 2014 at 03:40 PM
#Jones- ever hear the term book smart and street stupid? Sounds like a good description of you. Infidel Jones- what a name.
Infidel Jones January 06, 2014 at 05:49 PM
Your "gem" is a meaningless cliche often spouted by moralistic types. Stay on the "street" with the rest of the illiterati!
Brenda January 06, 2014 at 10:47 PM
Roflmbboff. Oh Lordy. Southern you need to stick around, or come around more often I love your wickedly dry sense of humor. Just hope I am not at the end of it!!! I need a decoder ring to decifer, luccifer, whatever the heck you are saying Infidel. If it does make a lick of sense to anyone it doesnt matter. (I get it, it just doesn't matter, I am goofing around trying to be illl-it-err-it). A conversation which anyone of marked intelligence will tell you is much better received when its in laymen's terms, or at the level that over 90% of the folks understand. So you can talk with a 444 IQ and have only 10 people understand you, and thus have no effect or meaning to the majority. Do you get that? And Steve, exactly! Until you go to break up a fight of 3 big drunk guys in their mid 20's, and you are 5ft and some change, got a gun, a baton and tear gas, and two pair of cuffs? What do you do first? ----Let them fight while you Wait for backup! Then move in behind them!!
southernbelle January 07, 2014 at 12:24 PM
Brenda, I'm actually a pretty nice person on certain days of the week *wink* but as I mentioned to you before- I just don't care for pot-stirring. It's nonsense. As for Jones' display of ostentatious words…notice how he kicked it up a few notches within the same post he challenged me with IQ results. That don't impress me much, we all have access to an online thesaurus. Anyway, I'm not here to argue intelligence levels, just looking for healthy communal conversation, "productive" thoughts and possible problem solving ideas for this great city we live in.
Brenda January 07, 2014 at 07:08 PM
Dangit Southern and that is what I mean by my posts " I'm not here to argue intelligence levels, just looking for healthy communal conversation, "productive" thoughts and possible problem solving ideas for this great city we live in." but then there are those few "stalkers" who have nothing better to do then follow me or a few others around and berate us constantly, call names, so childish and worse then high school seriously. That is what I have been known to do best, problem solve, try to fix things. Just now being disabled makes it difficult to get my hands in it.
southernbelle January 07, 2014 at 09:02 PM
There will always be those who offend for the thrill of it, stirring up a pot to see how far they can push, or self-exalters that need to feed their own egos by bullying/intimidating others. It's actually a form of addiction-it offers the aggressor a "rush" of adrenaline and gives them a false sense of power and feeds the need for a definitive result in their "hunt." The secret is to never take it personally or let it offend you because it's not ever about the "pot" it's all about the inadequacies, mental hang-ups, immoral spirit of the "stirrer." Just do what makes you happy and keep offering up what you believe is right and fair and productive. You're not here for all that silliness.
southernbelle January 07, 2014 at 09:03 PM
okay--sorry we got so far off track from the article. *reeling it back in* @MAGGIE AVANTS- do we have any updates about this story yet? thanks.
Brenda January 07, 2014 at 11:46 PM
Yep Maggie, I think I had asked a few posts back somewhere, or maybe on another article, if there was a followup onto why this guy ran? Warrants, or previous record issues that would just pile on another one he didnt need? Really wonder why people run at all, especially if there is no reason other then that wierd answer of "I don't know, you scared me?"
Mrs. MacGillicuttie January 08, 2014 at 02:35 AM
@southernbelle , The cop COULD have been hit running-not away from though. Hit while in hot pursuit.
LizD January 08, 2014 at 08:14 PM
The injured guy is probably going to sue the driver and the driver's insurance rates are going to go through the roof.


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