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UPDATE: Man Killed in Fatal Crash Identified as Temecula Resident

The deadly wreck was reported just before 5:30 a.m. at the Moraga and Rancho California roads intersection, according to Cal Fire.

Update 9:07 p.m.:

A man who died in a two-vehicle crash in Temecula Sunday was identified as a 27-year-old Temecula resident.

Jason Hart was pronounced dead at 6:24 a.m., on Rancho California Road, near Moraga Road, according to the Riverside County Coroner's office.

Hart was driving his coupe west on Rancho California Road toward Moraga Road, according to sheriff's Sgt. Jim Larson.

The second motorist was driving his coupe on Rancho California -- also toward Moraga, Larson said.

The cars entered the intersection simultaneously and collided, sending Hart's car into a nearby brick wall, the sergeant said.

The crash was being investigated as possibly alcohol-related on the part of the other motorist, sheriff's officials said.

Update 11:40 a.m.:

A motorist has died following a two-vehicle crash that possibly involved drunken driving in Temecula early Sunday.

The motorist who died was traveling west on Rancho California Road toward Moraga Road, according to sheriff's Sgt. Jim Larson.

The second motorist was heading east on Rancho California -- also toward Moraga, Larson said.

The vehicles entered the intersection simultaneously and collided, sending the first vehicle into a nearby brick wall, the sergeant said.

Medics took both motorists to a hospital, where the first motorist was pronounced dead at 6:27 a.m., Larson said.

Traffic investigators were to remain on scene for about five hours, reconstructing the wreck.

Initial investigation has determined that alcohol may have been involved in the crash, on the part of the second driver, Larson said.

Anyone with information on the crash was asked to call traffic investigators at 951-696-3000.

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An early morning wreck Sunday trapped and injured two people in Temecula, fire officials said.

The two-vehicle crash was reported just before 5:30 a.m. on Morage Road, near Rancho California Road, Cal Fire's Jody Hagemann said.

One motorist suffered critical injuries; the other was seriously injured, Hagemann said.

Brenda June 26, 2012 at 08:31 AM
You guys know who the drunk driver was? And its his 3rd crash, with alcohol involved? Seems they would have had to put one of those breathing things in his car before it would start, or have taken away his license rights by the 3rd one, all sorts of punishments can be doled out for that many DUI;s unless he has alot of money to to pay exorbent fee's in place of the penalties.
Brenda June 26, 2012 at 08:36 AM
I hope he does, especiallly if he indeed has prior DUI's and our wonderful system kept letting him loose to keep drinking and driving, and now killing someone. That should not be what it takes to get a drunk off the roads, someones deaths. He will get manslaughter, do 2 to 4 years, pay the fines, get his license back, and be right back at it. That is why it should be straight up murder 1, premeditated, no chance of parole because he knew when he went drinking he would be driving home and putting peoples lives in danger. This manslaugther charges are ridiculous for what drunk drivers do. :/
Rick D. June 26, 2012 at 12:32 PM
That's a great site Roger! Thanks! Interesting to see the arrests. 20 years ago in Temecula the newspaper used to list all arrests. That went the way of local news, preosperity and the dodo bird.
Heather Reed June 26, 2012 at 05:24 PM
How is he doing? Does he know yet that his actions caused the death of an innocent person? This was his third time doing what? Driving drunk, killing someone?!
Robert Sanchez June 26, 2012 at 05:48 PM
This was his third accident while being drunk. I don't know if the other two were documented as DUIs, but I do know he has had two accidents before caused by him being drunk. Even when he would be sober he was wreckless. Don't exactly know how he is doing, but I have heard he is in serious to critical condition. I keep checking the sheriff's site and nothing yet.
Heather Reed June 26, 2012 at 06:53 PM
i have no idea where to check on the sheriffs site.. or how.. i want to know how tho
Robert Sanchez June 27, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Try going under press releases on the sheriff's site. No word yet on the drunk driver. I meant to add that in his other two crashes no body was seriously harmed or killed.
sam shepperd July 01, 2012 at 06:53 PM
New Law: Anyone receiving a second drunk driving conviction may only drive one of these: http://world-viewer.com/bmw-isetta-250c.html It would make them think twice before speeding (so much as this car is capable) through intersections without regard to right-of-way rules. It would make it easier to extract their remains should they try. In fact, their carcass would likely be ejected through the conveniently located door. If the got going fast enough, the rear-mounted engine would even assist them in exiting through the front. The frail nature of the vehicle would almost assure less impact force and therefore less chance of them causing more death and damage to whatever they might collide with. And finally, it would allow Darwin's law to once-and-for-all eliminate these human road hazards from our roads forever. Seriously. Everything else has been tried. At least we mush make it a felony with life and no possibility of parole for a second offender to be caught behind the wheel of any vehicle over 2,000 pounds. Not doing at least that is like allowing a convicted arsonist to posses a flame thrower.
Brenda July 02, 2012 at 02:45 AM
huh? I think I need sleep!
Mrs. B. July 11, 2012 at 05:34 AM
Robert, have you heard anything on his condition? I hope he gets what he deserves. Yes, everyone he has done this before! My brother Robert and I have known this guy for years and he has always drank too much! I was kicked out of Target where I work about 5 or six years ago for being drunk and even made threats against my co-workers. And this is the second car accident I know of in which he had been drinking. The first, he had my older brother in the car and my brother was lucky enough to walk away with just an injured knee. I have always wondered why this guy was still on the streets for the thingshe did and now an innocent man lost his life and it angers and saddens me. This drunk will have a hard life and I hope his actions haunt him.
Brenda July 12, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Mrs. B. unfortunately with our legal system being the way it is, he will be charged and most like convicted and get 2 to 4 yrs of MURDERING THIS man who was quietly on his way to work. Who has a family, friends, a new wife. :/ You have seen a few movie starts lately go in jail and get right out after killing someone in their car while under the influence and its just completely disrespectful to the victim and his family that this jerk will be back out, freedom, living his life in just a few years. While Jason is dead, gone. I wish this man felt horrible pain each day for what he has done here, but I doubt he ever will. :/
Mrs. B. July 15, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Brenda, I wish the same thing for him. It angers me that this innocent young man lost his life in an instant because of some irresponsible, alcoholic/drug addict. And I only say that because I know him. I was even more upset to read that some people believed that they were racing because I knew there was a good chance alcohol or even drugs could have been a part of this tragedy. I am glad that my brother Robert commented on here about some of the details of the accident because I feel that it helped clear Jason's name so people would not think he was racing. As for the loser who killed Jason, I want so much to bad mouth him on here but what would that do? And I am sure hewill get out in a few years like you mentioned, his parents have money and that angers me even more.
Kevin Hart July 15, 2012 at 06:32 AM
Jason was my son. A more caring person you will never meet. He loved life, family and all people that he met. He had a smile that would light up a room. He was. A dedicated son, brother and husband. We had 500 people at his memorial who spoke about what a kind and gentle soul that he was. Jason was also an avid golfer and PGA teaching professional at Cross Creek Country Club. He was the first to score a perfect score on the PGA golf test in the history of the Professional Golfers Career College. He was valedictorian of his golfing college class. He was also a college baseball pitcher prior to going to golfing school. Jason was also a tremendous artist. He was such a wonderful person in so many ways. I will miss his laughter, his friendship, and his love.
Brenda July 15, 2012 at 02:49 PM
I saw the racing part from a person or two and don't know where they got that Mrs. B. Didnt say anything about possible racing in the news article and you can't be racing going in opposite directions and one car hitting Jasons head on. Not possible, so dont know why they wrote that. Unfortunately with our ******laws they will only get 2 to 4 years for MURDER and it is MURDER and in my book it is premeditated as they know when they start drinking they will or might have to drive, they also know when they get behind the wheel of the car that they might kill someone. Getting only that amount of time is a slap in the face to Jason, his family and every one of his friends and every driver who is smart enough not to drink and drive. It is murder no matter how you look at it, not involuntary manslaughter! Then to be a repeat offender, geesh, if this was my child this had happened to, I am not sure I could stay away from the jail the day this man is released. Kevin thank you for sharing thoughts on your son Jason and giving us who don't know him, sight into what a "go get em" kinda man he was. Set a goal, do it, and do it the best, as it appears he did everything. With so many wonderful memories I pray that each day gets a little easier for you, but grieving does not have a time limit, and those days go up and down. Remember, you have family and friends there next to you to help on those down days, use their comfort. God Bless Kevin
Mrs. B. July 15, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Brenda, I agree with you, I don't think of it as involuntary manslaughter either. I agree it is murder. People know the consequences of drinking and driving and yet they still do it and don't care who they hurt. I know I would not be able to stay away from the jail either if someone hurt my kids. And yes Brenda from what my brother Robert knows is this is his THIRD car accident! It is sickening to think about. Kevin, thank you for sharing about Jason. I am deeply saddened for your loss and my condolences to you and your family. You and your family are in my prayers as well as Jason. It is people like Jason who make this world a beautiful place to live in.
Darlene Schumacher July 16, 2012 at 05:56 AM
Hi Kevin, I met your son once (when he married my niece); he really was very personable (not even a little bit shy) and he did have a winning smile! Jason and Heather looked so beautiful together. I visit this site now and again I think to find out if anyone knows what happened to the driver. I do hope he is not driving anywhere! I wear the bracelet I received at Jason's memorial often to remind me to pray for Heather, her parents, and for you and your family. It is too easy to go on about our lives when the tragedy is not so close to us personally. My heart grieves for you and your family's unimaginable loss (as well as for my sister, niece, and the rest of the family). I do thank God for the way He tempers sorrow with hope for those who trust in His Son and for the hope I have that Jason is with the Lord even now. Keeping you and yours in prayer...
Darlene Schumacher July 16, 2012 at 05:56 AM
Hi Kevin, I met your son once (when he married my niece); he really was very personable (not even a little bit shy) and he did have a winning smile! Jason and Heather looked so beautiful together. I visit this site now and again I think to find out if anyone knows what happened to the driver. I do hope he is not driving anywhere! I wear the bracelet I received at Jason's memorial often to remind me to pray for Heather, her parents, and for you and your family. It is too easy to go on about our lives when the tragedy is not so close to us personally. My heart grieves for you and your family's unimaginable loss (as well as for my sister, niece, and the rest of the family). I do thank God for the way He tempers sorrow with hope for those who trust in His Son and for the hope I have that Jason is with the Lord even now. Keeping you and yours in prayer...
Jim and Teresa July 17, 2012 at 10:37 PM
Jason was our son-in-law, and we echo what everyone has said about the high quality of his character. Although he was only part of our family for 9months we loved him and will always love him as our son and deeply grieve his loss. We still have very little info on the other driver, less then some of the others commenting here have. Is this man still in the hospital? Has he been charged or arrested? Or he is lounging around a pool with a drink in his hand, and still a threat to others? It is frustrating waiting for answers. In any case, our families are getting together to remember and honor Jason by teaming up with MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) on Nov.10 for its Walk Like Madd event in San Diego. It raises funds and awareness for MADD's programs that will help keep our communities safe from senseless tragedies like this. If you would like to join us or donate to the cause in Jason's memory go to http://support.madd.org/site/TR/WalkLikeMADD/WalkLikeMADDwlm_?team_id=78022&pg=team&fr_id=2983
cia July 18, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Jason was my and Kevin's oldest son. He had so much to offer in his short life. We will miss him with such heart-ache. Please tell your kids you love them every day and kiss and hug them often. You may never get another chance. We will never have those perfect red-head grandchildren we dreamed of. Our hearts are truly broken. Cia.
Mrs. B. July 18, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Jim and Teresa I am sorry for your loss. Reading the comments about Jason's character saddens me even more each time I read them, knowing someone special who touched so many lives in such a positive way. This loser that took your son in law is not a friend of mine nor my family. He was an aquaintance of my older brother, who eventually cut ties with him after this pathetic excuse for a human injured my brother in one of his first car crashes. I had the misfortune of meeting him about nine years ago and his actions even then along with the actions of other losers resulted in me losing my babies for a week when I didn't deserve it. And nine years later he has yet ruined more lives and taken an extrodinary human being from his loved ones. I do not know of any updates but I do hope and pray that he finally starts paying for all the horrible things he has done. Reading what Kevin, cia, and you have posted brings tears to my eyes. You all will be in my prayers and I pray that this man gets what he deserves.
Patty Anderson July 30, 2012 at 03:00 PM
Jason was my nephew. Living along with him in his life to see him grow into a wonderful young man is a joy. He was so special in all that he did. He always made the extra effort to reach out to the extended family and his freinds. He's always amazed how he is so mature for his age. He's a natural leader in a very calm and thoughtful way. I still struggle accepting he's gone. He's missed every day. His sprit will live on in his Dad and Mom and all the brothers and all those that loved him, like me and my husband.
Brenda July 30, 2012 at 09:14 PM
All the friends and family of Jason, thank you for sharing him with us here, on the Patch article. Now we all know so much about him, life, family and friends and who he was as a person. I pray that the man who did this FINALLY will get what is coming to him, and I dont mean 4 years, and he is back on the road to do it again and again like it appears he has spent his whole life. Where ever this drunk driver gets his money to pay off his fee's, his court costs, attorney fee's for all of his drunk drivings prior to this one, I HOPE you do NOT give him anymore money to buy him out of this one, and to keep his job, his car, his insurance, the SR-22 filing that costs a fortune to pay for car insurance after each DUI. Either he has a really good job or business, or someone pays his costs, so whoever that is, either fire him, stop paying for him and enabling him, cause he will continue to go on and kill more innocent, good men like Jason. No ones last day of life should end due to a drunk driver, and especially not when that drunk driver has had numerous DUI's in the past. I hope you suffer everyday drunk driver with nightmares the worse possible because you murdered Jason, and jail for a life time is not enough for that.
maria cason August 02, 2012 at 03:09 AM
jason was married to my beautiful niece heather.. I thank the good lord above that she is surrounded by so many who lover her to help get her through this time.... and that's what it will take is time to heal from this... I understand the anger so many have for this man who did this,but what runs through my mind is I really hope and pray this truly was a wakeup call and some how this changes this man's life even if he has to stay behind bars... I know God can do great things from terrible circumstances and maybe someday this man can ask for forgiveness and maybe help someone else who never thinks this will happen to them..
Brenda August 02, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Maria, I am not sure I could be as eloquent as you are, or as hopeful about this man. After so many times with Dui's and he didn't get it any of those times, nor did our courts give him enough fines, license taken away, drunk classes, and follow up to make sure he would tow the line and stop drinking and driving. Heather, I wish I could send an angel down just to hold her and comfort her every day. The most important is that she has so many to be there and hold her up, and keep her going. I think Jason and Heather must have wondeful familes from all of your posts here and unbelieveable support and love. God bless you all
John Hightower September 29, 2012 at 08:12 AM
I know a great deal about this case. More than anyone could imagine. Both cars were driven by guys in their late 20s, one a Mustang (built for racing) and the other a Subaru STI (built for racing). I am also in my late 20s. I drive a Honda EP3 Si which is also built for street racing. I drive like an ass**** sometimes. Guys our age cannot help it sometimes. There's definitely a rush that young men get out of driving sporty cars recklessly. I'm not making excuses for the driver who was under the influence; he deserves whatever sentence is handed down to him. He is lucky he survived (I guess). God Bless them both! That could easily be me one day on either end... (PS: the comment about it being the survivers' 3rd DUI is a lie, and the person who wrote that—I am almost certain— is one of the people who sent him to fetch a pack of smokes.
Brenda September 29, 2012 at 09:46 AM
I sure hope not William. You can drive a sharp snazzy car, look great doing it and do the speed limit. Look at all the "Stars" who drive these 250k sports cars, race cars, and they drive like they are out on a Sunday drive just to make sure everyone sees them. Try that cause we would much rather wave at you cruising then call the Fire Department to scrap up your body with shovels off the cement and the police to have to go to your families door with the horrible news of your death :./ "Such a young man with a lifetime ahead of him racing his Honda EP3 Si was killed today." Not a headline any one in your family, or friends, or anyone in the whole of Temecula want to see William. Slow down hun, cruise it :)
Mrs. B. October 01, 2012 at 02:55 AM
Hi William. All I know about the case is the guy who was driving the mustang was. He is an acquaintance of my older brother. I have known him for almost nine years. I know he is not so innocent, everytime I have encountered him he was either drunk, high on speed, or high on pot. And just to clarify the person who brought up the three DUIs is my little brother and this is his post which I copy and pasted: This was his third accident while being drunk. I don't know if the other two were documented as DUIs, but I do know he has had two accidents before caused by him being drunk. Even when he would be sober he was wreckless. Don't exactly know how he is doing, but I have heard he is in serious to critical condition. I keep checking the sheriff's site and nothing yet. We have known him for so long and my little brother happens to live in the same apartment complex. One of these accidents that the driver in the mustang was in, my older brother was in the car and had to walk home from the accident after this driver fled the scene. My older brother was lucky enough to walk away with an injured knee. Also, the comment about the person mentinoning the 3 DUIS being a lie and that person being the onw who sent him to the store to buy smokes. Well, that is most certainly a lie. My little brother does not hang out with J.T. not does he smoke or buy smokes for others.
Mrs. B. October 01, 2012 at 04:20 AM
And just because Jason was in his late 20s and driving a Subaru STI (built for racing) does not mean he had a rush to drive a sports car recklessly, I know that was not what William said but honestly, I do not see why it was even mentioned if it was already suspected and more than likely the survivor was drinking and made the decision to get behind the wheel.
Robert Sanchez October 01, 2012 at 04:43 AM
William, if you know so much about this why didn't you post sooner? Or how do you know he went to go "fetch smokes?". Were you the one who sent him? By the way my sister already said that I don't smoke or hang out with the survivor. I know for a fact he has had a dui before because it is mentioned in the paper and I already talked to his old employer who works right next to my employer. Think about what you type before you post. Get your facts straight.
Brenda October 01, 2012 at 08:43 AM
Mrs. B and Robert, Thank you for giving more accurate information on this guy Longshanks.

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