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UPDATE: Man Trapped in Car Suffers Major Injuries

The crash on Rancho California Road, near Yukon Road, was reported at 3:35 p.m., according to Cal Fire officials.

Update 9:43 p.m.:

A man whose Nissan Maxima was struck by an SUV when the other driver ran a red light in Temecula was hospitalized with major injuries Sunday night.

The crash on Rancho California Road, near Yukon Road, forced closure of the road for about four hours while traffic investigators conducted a probe of the accident, according to a Riverside County sheriff's sergeant.

The driver of the GMC Acadia -- identified as Jennifer Moss, of Temecula -- allegedly ran a red light and broadsided the Nissan, sheriff's Sgt. John Magnan wrote in a news release.

Initial investigation determined that neither drugs nor alcohol played a role in the crash, Magnan said.

The cause of the crash was still under investigation and anyone with information that could help officers was asked to call 951-696-3000.

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Three people were injured -- one of them critically -- in a crash involving a car and an SUV in Temecula Sunday.

One person had to be extricated from the sedan -- its roof taken off by firefighters -- according to Patch readers who witnessed the scene.

The crash on Rancho California Road, near Yukon Road, was reported at 3:35 p.m., according to Cal Fire officials.

Three ambulances took the patients to area hospitals, Cal Fire officials reported.

Two of the patients suffered minor injuries, according to Cal Fire's Jody Hagemann.

Vince Garret October 02, 2012 at 07:32 PM
You people have all the answers don't you? I'm troubled at the amount of conjecture thrown into a sitution that none of you have any knowledge about. If the man was turning right, is it not safe to assume that he should have seen the SUV coming at him at 45MPH? Did he make a full stop at the red light? Was his light green? And if it was green, what are the chances that the other person in the SUV didn't see everyone else around them stopping? There are too many facts about this that are not apparent to any of you unless you were there. Don't sit there at your computers and place blame on someone else because it makes you feel better as a human being. Everyone involved is impacted by this tragedy. And furthermore, if the woman driving the SUV was at fault for doing something intentionally, should she be locked up for years? So is it ok that her son is without a mother during that time? What about all the people that depend on her for support? People are so quick to judge. What if you were the one that ran the red light? Would you be so quick to turn yourself in and spend years in jail because you did something that was not intentional?
growtomatoes October 02, 2012 at 07:37 PM
V. Garret, I don't disagree with much of what you say, but perhaps you should read the article and comments more closely for more details about what happened.
Brenda October 02, 2012 at 08:50 PM
I agree somewhat also, however, if her light was red, his would have been green and there would be no reason for him to be looking that direction, nor would he have had to stop, look and then turn if he had green. Right? Until I read differently I do go by the police statements above. There might be something that comes up as to why she ran the red light correct? I cant think of what that would be at the moment but anything is possible. Running red lights is not accidental if you were doing something that prevented you from seeing the red light and stopping for it. That is wreckless and breaking the law, and in breaking that law someone was critically injured. As far as being locked up for a short time, that would be preferable then being critically injured or dead I am sure to her and her family. As I posted at the top somewhere....if I had been doing something that prevented me from seeing and stopping at the red light, and I had injured and/or killed someone, I would first be outside his hospital praying for him constantly if they would let me, 2nd I would be at the jail begging them to put me in there because I deserved it. I agree its horrible for both families but one has a son, brother, cousin(precious boy) holding on for dear life right now. Praying our hearts out is all that matters right now.
No one October 02, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Grow Tomatoes: Wkipedia? Not where I would go for California motor vehicle codes. In any event, a driver has to be grossly negligent in CA. For example driving on a suspended or revoked license while under the influence. Intentional acts. Intentional Acts are usually criminal. Blowing a stop light-not intentional, but rather accidental. These days, unlicensed, uninsured people can have accidents and the police don't EVEN impound their car. To add insult to injury, the unlicense, uninsured people usually retain attorneys and sue the law abiding drivers. Thankfully in CA we have Prop 213 so the unlicensed, unisured driver is only entitled to his actual damages, not his pain and suffering--which is where slimy plaintiff attorney's make all their $$. Believe me, without going into details about what I do for a living, I know this to be true. This poor woman did not intentionally set about to have an accident, cause these horrible injuries to a man she never knew or for that matter, damage her own car and cause all sorts of emotional problems for herself, her child and the other driver. Jail time for years & years? Don't think so. Jails are already full. Felons are getting early release. Also based on personal experiences and professionally, I can say beyond any reasonable doubt, the police will not waste time filing charges on this type of accident mainly because no DA would take this case--it would be a loser unless there are things we don't know.
Brenda October 02, 2012 at 09:51 PM
If it is here, I am sure she isnt taking it well either, no one would. She is most likely beating herself up for whatever reason she has for running the red light. :/ I think all of us know how bad it feels to hurt someone else. Like the parent who accidently slams their childs hand in the car door, or letting the child shut the door and he slams it on his fingers. We feel terrible if either we neglected something, or caused it, or overlooked it, etc. and in return it hurts another. Then its what could we have done differently, why did this happen, why me, I will never do that again, and on and on and on we beat up ourselves. No ones words here, which are not bad, concerning her running the light(which is in the article) could make her feel any worse then she probably already does and will for the rest of her life.
Brenda October 02, 2012 at 10:06 PM
Becca we have had several cars impounded for just those reasons at the last several check points we have had. She is going to wish she got jail time for what she will loose in the Civil suit Becca, and believe me, that is true. Its not a matter of intentional or unintentional, or an accident, she ran a red light, its against the law, in the commission of breaking that law, she critically injured someone or worse, and I think it was 2 others non critically injured. To make it real simple........think of a man who steals a car. After he has stole the car, crime 1, he then goes on to hit a few cars on the street as he doesnt drive this kind of car very well, crimes number 2 (its an accident, not his fault he hits these cars) then later on he hits a light pole(number 3) and takes it down, finally after a little high speed chase(number 4) the police get their man. From what you are saying he is only guilty for stealing the car, not for everything else he did after that correct?? Because those were accidents after he stole the car? Like with this driver because running the red light, hitting this young man was also "oh just an accident"? The DA is not a part of the police department, Becca. DA is a part of the judicial system and determine by what the police provide of evidence if a crime was committed, and whether or not to take it to trial, plea bargain, what to charge her with, and what sentencing to request. etc.
No one October 02, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Brenda, Sorry but you don't have the slightest clue. The DA prosecutes not police. The police can file charges and arrest but the DA decides if charges will be pursued or dropped. No DA in his right mind will pursue against this lady! Don't know why you have had "several" of your cars impounded, maybe you should get some insurance or stop driving? I know for a fact, police do not impound cars atleast not in Los Angeles where I come from. As far as civil suits go...that one I do know about. The driver's insurance company will handle. If they exhaust their limits of coverage, then that will be ALL the injured driver will receive. Judges do not leave people homeless because of an accident. This was an accident NOT AN INTENTIONAL ACT.
No one October 02, 2012 at 10:22 PM
>>>>> Brenda Said>>>>>>> Its not a matter of intentional or unintentional, or an accident, she ran a red light, its against the law, in the commission of breaking that law, she critically injured someone or worse, and I think it was 2 others non critically injured. To make it real simple........think of a man who steals a car. After he has stole the car, crime 1, he then goes on to hit a few cars on the street as he doesnt drive this kind of car very well, crimes number 2 (its an accident, not his fault he hits these cars) then later on he hits a light pole(number 3) and takes it down, finally after a little high speed chase(number 4) the police get their man. From what you are saying he is only guilty for stealing the car, not for everything else he did after that correct?? Because those were accidents after he stole the car? Like with this driver because running the red light, hitting this young man was also "oh just an accident"? >>> Brenda your above analogy is illogical. The act was stealing a car. That is a crime. The act was intentional. The stealing of the car was the causation of the ultimate accident. No such facts in this situation. You are completely off mark. Running a red light is a moving traffic violation NOT a criminal act. I think this is where you are confused.
Mom x's 4 October 02, 2012 at 10:57 PM
My heart breaks for everyone involved. i sure would like to meet all the people in some of the above posts....for heaven's sake, some of you are so judgemental, it's sick! Thank goodness you are not God, or all of us imperfect people would fry! God is in control of this whole situation, He loves this poor injured man, He also loves the woman that hit him. Stop being so mean....last I checked, none of us are perfect, so quite acting like some of you are above running a red light. We need to pray for both the victim and this mom who made a mistake.
No one October 02, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Mom said it all! Off to pray, no more wasting time on these unproductive posts. Peace be will you.
Brenda October 03, 2012 at 03:37 AM
LOL not me personally have cars impounded. In the Patch and PE the Police/Sheriff give a run down of arrests for Dui, registration, drivers license off. from the check points WE have around the Cities here. You repeated exactly what I SAID the DA's "job" is in this, you worded it differently? LOL, I am more then aware who prosecutes. 1. They are not a part of the police dept. 2. The police take their evidence to the DA once, twice, maybe three or more times until the DA decides there is a case or not, or if they need more evidence, so at that time they sort of work together in making sure there is enough or not for prosecution. 3. The DA then decides to either not charge, plea with the defendant, or charge her, and with what, and for what sentence to ask for as a ball park. The car insurance does pay out to their maximum coverage. However, from that point on a lawyer can collect from any assets they have to pay the Judgement. Ie, Hulk Hogan paid quite a large amount for his sons wreckless driving escapade and it wasn't just from insurance. You can look up the case law on that case. Very sad horrible case injuring another young man who had served I believe two tours in Iraq and then comes home to get in the "accident". I will not answer more case law issues with you Becca its just taking up space. If you want to debate it further you can always post on my board.
KB October 03, 2012 at 03:44 AM
I hope the predator that caused this accident does hard time.
Brenda October 03, 2012 at 03:49 AM
Its horribly heartbreaking for the everyone that was around and in the entire situation. We forget about everyone who saw it happen, the firemen and police who responded, everyone trying to help in some way, get a blanket, grab a water, try to help anyone they can. The memories of this. Then the police and the EMTS, firemen, ambulance personnel who live with this forever, every single one of these accidents, day after day, who will go to the hospital and check on the people they help, as they are now connected. Everyone trying get injured parties out of cars, working as fast as they can with the medics crawling thru impossible spaces to give aid as quickly as they can. Young man, I pray the lord is wrapping you tightly tonight as you rest and your body tries to heal. I include all the people who were there, the lady above who wanted to help, and the first one to the SUV, all of personnel of the police and fire working to get everyone checked, and stable for transport, and to get this young man out of that car. I pray you rest in peace tonight everyone of you. <3 <3
mamihunter October 03, 2012 at 09:19 AM
What if , just what if her brakes went out ? What if , what if she panicked and meant to hit the brakes and not the gas ?? What if , what if something got behind her brake pedal ( like a bottle of water ? What if , what if this was your fault completely unintentionally and know one was saying a prayer for you ? Let's not always accuse before we truly know the truth . This poor girl is probably debated right now . I feel horrible for him and his family . So, because there is so many different probablities in this situationist not judge but pray for comfort and healing
xoxo October 03, 2012 at 11:15 AM
The man, was a 25 year old Marine....... xoxo
Tracey Casey October 03, 2012 at 01:05 PM
Anyone know how he is doing?
lucky88 October 03, 2012 at 02:15 PM
He passed away yesterday.
safedriver October 03, 2012 at 03:26 PM
Damn poor guy.. God bless his soul and his can and friends.... :(
AWags October 03, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Very Sad...I am sorry to hear. Everyone involved and their families are in my prayers.
Brenda October 03, 2012 at 05:24 PM
:(
Maggie Avants (Editor) October 03, 2012 at 06:22 PM
His death has been confirmed by the coroner's office. http://patch.com/A-yty9
Vfox October 03, 2012 at 07:52 PM
GOD BLESS. He was so young. My heart breaks for his family. May you rest in peace angel Nicholas Musto! ✝
Timber October 04, 2012 at 03:47 AM
I am saddened Loss is difficult and I wish his family and friends my heartfelt condolences
Reverend Smith October 04, 2012 at 04:17 AM
I have had a few close calls myself on Rancho Can and almost got t-boned by a big pickup that just blew through a red light coming down the hill on Margarita to Rancho Cal. I had to slam on my brakes even though I had the green light. Don't trust the lights. Look both ways regardless of the light you have. You may be right according to the light. But you may be Dead Wrong. Too many people drive way to fast on Rancho Cal. Especially getting towards "wine country".
jessjanisch October 04, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Amanda.....we are good friends of Musto from the Marine Corps both in San Diego and North Carolina. We kind of adopted him when he came into the military and got to know his mother when seh came to visit in San Diego. We are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend and would like to attend any services that are being held. There are several of us that are intending on making it to NY....however if you could contact me and give me the info that would help immensely. Please give Pina and his brother our love.....and a hug. If you can contact me on FB or we can text or something that would help a lot as we will be traveling from NC to NY...and I know there are others coming from RI and KC and Illinois. We all want to be there as his Marine Corps Family.
No one October 04, 2012 at 07:18 PM
My thoughts and prayers to Nicholas and his family/friends. And also thinking of the other driver, hope she is coping. I went past this horrible scene on Sunday. Sad.
jessjanisch October 05, 2012 at 12:47 AM
Gillian....do u have a point of contact for his brother or Amanda? There are several marines he served with and close to that are going to.new York from all over.....and some who would be honored to be apart of his service if it is in fact a military honors fu real. Plz co tact me on fb or here if you can point us in a direction where we can co tact his family. I don't want to reach out to pina right now and discuss this with her as I Knowsley is. Grieving
Amanda October 08, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Jess I am so sorry I didn't see this message until now. With everything going on, I took a little break from the website for a while. I am so happy and have such relief knowing that Nick had a family over there as well as here. I am honored for you and your friends to attend the services and I do hope you were able to get the information before now. However, the second wake is this evening and the funeral is held tomorrow. I tried finding you on facebook, but it looks as though it's not an uncommon name. Whereas mine .. there's only me. Amandamae Colamussi. I'll pass along your information and I do hope you were able to attend. Thank you for your heart-felt message. Nick's second family is our second family.
Gillian Marie Levi October 08, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Amanda, I can't find your profile. I'd like to private message you about something. You can find me a thttp://www.facebook.com/GillianLevithe1st
jessjanisch October 10, 2012 at 04:43 PM
I couldn't find ypure profile eeither Amanda......it was nice.meeting you.

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