Teen Suicide Attempt Caused Injury Crash, Police Say

Charges of assault with a deadly weapon are being sought.

A crash that stopped traffic Monday afternoon was caused by a teen who attempted suicide, police say.

Police responded to the two-vehicle wreck on Warren Road at Benton Road, just north of Temecula city limits, shortly after 2:30 p.m.

The drivers of the vehicles, a 16-year-old boy and a 52-year-old man, sustained minor to moderate injuries and were transported to Inland Valley Medical Center, according to Sgt. K. McDonald of the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department.

But during the police investigation it was discovered the teen deliberately crashed into the man’s vehicle in an apparent suicide attempt, the sergeant said, noting that sheriff investigators interviewed the 16-year-old at the hospital. 

The boy will be sent for a mental health evaluation after receiving treatment for his injuries and charges of assault with a deadly weapon will be sought against him, McDonald said.

The investigation is continuing at this time.

SA December 05, 2012 at 09:15 PM
School policies, molesting faculty, telling parents how to parent, not allowing a kid to kick a Bully’s teeth; so on and so forth, has a major role in youth / teen depression. I am 34 grew up in Newport (now hold off on the jokes) and we engaged in weekly fist fights; if you received an ass kicking then you did, BIG DEAL, learn from it. So dig into these kids, let them know that words are just words and they can talk to their parents. Stop the males from wearing their sisters’ clothing and black nail polish. Parents should tell an out-of-line teacher and/or faculty member to kick sand and get the kids involved in extracurricular activities or club sports. Moreover, band all car window stickers i.e. Boys 2 Girls 3. Nonetheless, I truly hope the young man in which this article is referring to, receives the proper mental help that he needs, take his punishment like a young man and hopefully becomes an outstanding citizen.
JJ December 05, 2012 at 09:23 PM
@ Brenda, I was just curious, and I like to stew the pot a little bit teehee ;) everyone on here has opinions and you know what they say about those.....they are like A-holes everyone has one!
Gandhi December 05, 2012 at 10:31 PM
December is the month with the most suicides and attempted suicides. Its so sad that at the time of year when people should be helping each other and filled with love for their fellow humans, often there are those who "slip through the cracks" and face severe depression. Teenagers are facing difficult times, remember?, and hormones cause the moods to fluctuate wildly. They have no concept of tomorrow, and time healing wounds, etc. so everything becomes very heightened to them. Obviously what this boy did was terribly wrong, he does need psychiatric help, but he also needs to know about love, something that is apparently lacking in his life. I seriously doubt that he's had much, if any, guidance through most of his entire short life. I remember a kid jumping off the Overland overpass a few years back, before they got the fencing high enough to discourage "jumpers", I doubt that he was thinking about what would happen to "traffic" or any particular driver below when he jumped and killed himself, do you?
Gandhi December 05, 2012 at 10:33 PM
No, we DONT want more "photo information" Shelli!! Bizarre comment there.
Gandhi December 05, 2012 at 10:38 PM
I agree CC. People who commit suicide need MORE LOVE, from others, human beings, thats usually the problem to begin with. Nobody is sick or disgusting, even those commenting here, they are just seeing things a different way, possibly incorrectly, but whatever someone thinks, we can't make them change. Kristin felt pain upon loss of a father and son, I am guessing one or both were suicide? She now believes THEY were selfish, to leave her here alone in such pain. However,the truth of the matter is, SHE is selfish herself, thinking only of HER pain, and not THEIRS. To be driven to the point of suicide is extremely painful, and she should focus on their pain, not hers. CC - do not take her comments PERSONALLY, she does not know you or me, remember, she is speaking about HER pain, and HER beliefs, wrong or right. Life is not one size fits all.
temeculaperson December 05, 2012 at 10:41 PM
Wow just reading some of your comments are just so sad...calling him a coward and whatnot, you're so heartless. And you obviously haven't been through anything like this so you wouldn't understand. Saying this whole deal is selfish, this kid probably feels like crap, I don't know the situation but you have no idea what he may be going through....you don't know how his life might be at home..you don't how his relationship might be with his parents you have no idea what he's going through and for you to judge calling him a coward that just shows how much of a coward YOU really are....
Gandhi December 05, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Very sorry to hear that CC, best to leave the past where it belongs, in the past, we can ONLY move forward in life, and we only live in the NOW. I've had my share of pain, believe me, and this is something I've learned the hard way, never look back, forgive and forget. Its your life, your doin it right, takin care of your daughter. Regarding comments on here, all are free to comment, the bad ones start running others down "rabbit trails" and making this forum "personal" instead of sticking to main topics, thats my only objection with some of the commenters on Patch. Peace and love to you and your daughter!
Gandhi December 05, 2012 at 10:47 PM
GC, your rude comments here are totally unappropriate, as usual. YOU dont know what prayer does or doesnt do, as I have NO DOUBT that you have never tried it. Actually the power of prayer, postive belief, not "begging", has more power than you will ever know! Please stop being so rude to everybody here, comment on the story and then move on, you get waaaay too personal on here, you condemn everybody and everything, you are a very depressing person actually. And telling "CC" that she should shorten HER comments - totally out of line. YOU should shorten yours, down to zero!
Gandhi December 05, 2012 at 10:53 PM
SA - we dont know WHY he attempted suicide, guessing is wonderful, but totally irrelevant. Sorry you got beat up so much as a kid, might have helped to learn how to deal with life instead of just punching your way through it. Yes I agree kids need more discipline in life for the most part, parents nowadays are basically "enablers" and they think that is "love", you can't buy a kids love/respect, you have to earn it, the old fashioned way, by putting the time in.
Michael December 06, 2012 at 01:32 AM
CC. Do you know if she gets made fun of at school at all? Because its sad that she is feeling that way. But, a lot of people feel they arent doing anything to feel this way but might get made fun of at school and not tell their parents.
Brenda December 06, 2012 at 01:46 AM
I wish I had an answer Gal Cann. My sister died at the age of 3 along with my grandmother who was 40 at the time. I was one and a half years old and my Mom had taken me with her on a short Xmas shopping trip.(My grandmother didnt do diapers and I still wore them, and I guess that gets a thank God) The house caught fire and when my Mom also pregnant with my brother arrived they had both died of smoke inhalation. About 1961yr. We were in Santa Barbara and my Dad was in Texas in the Army. From the time I was old enough to understand what happened, its always been WHY, why does God take children, why does God take a victim of a drunk driver, why does God take a child who was molested, but not the molester/murderer, why do children or anyone die from terrible painful diseases, Why why why. Through the years and talking to bible thumpers(seriously know the bible forwards and backwards0 going to church every says the same things. IT was their time to join God in heaven, God takes the good ones for heaven, God took them because he knows you are strong enough to get through this now at this time in your life, and so on and so on. I am almost 53, December 7th, and I still ask WHY, and I Still am looking for that answer that I can believe in.
Brenda December 06, 2012 at 01:49 AM
Long comment again someone will jump on me for. but Part 2. I do believe in a higher being, and I do pray to God, because there is things in my life that I think only the power of pray to someone has helped change something to a positive. But there is still questions, and its not about going to church and hearing songs for 1 hour, which I do enjoy, or hearing a 1/2 hour inspirational sermon which I always do learn something from, even if its another approach to parenting, friends, etc.
V.W.D.S. December 06, 2012 at 02:13 AM
Some are so afraid to live life, they aren't afraid to die. I find that interesting. If you are so willing to take your life, then try really living first - see what happens - take chances, enjoy risks, do something you feel you cant' do, become selfless and spend time helping the disadvantaged, if you truly don't care about your life, then give all you have to others, service does an amazing thing as you lose yourself in helping others, maybe life will be more fullfilling and the fear of living will become the joy of living and your willingness to die won't be the priority but the priority will be really living!
TheOtherGuy December 06, 2012 at 02:53 AM
I am mystified by the compulsion to call suicides "selfish" and/or "cowardly." Easy answer, no need to think or feel any further.
V.W.D.S. December 06, 2012 at 03:41 AM
The Princess Diana was known to suffer from depression and it is believed that she had at one time thought of suicide. She said that at one point she realized that if she 'lost herself' by immersing herself in service, and caring for others, it helped heal her pain. Perhaps suicidal thoughts aren't 'selfish' but perhaps they are 'self absorbed' and perhaps as Princess Diana suggested it might be helpful for those suffering with these thoughts to 'lose themself' in service to others.
Lisa December 06, 2012 at 04:45 AM
V.W.D.S that is amazing advice.....People should all read what you have posted on here. And all you therapists out there should as well.
Vic December 06, 2012 at 05:40 AM
Easier said than done, V.W.D.S. Anyone who is depressed to the point of suicide can't see beyond their pain, emotional and physical, enough to think about being selfless and spending time helping someone else. They are living moment to moment and begging for the pain to stop. The anxiety levels in suicidal people can mimic the pain of heart attacks... crushing, dibilitating pain that they need to escape from at any cost. They have so little self worth that they think their loved ones are better off without them, if they feel they are loved at all. My nephew took his life thinking about the end of his own suffering and couldn't think about the suffering of the people he left behind. My heart breaks for him, not me, and the pain he went thru that led him to conclude this was the only way out. My point is, people in this frame of mind are beyond the point of reasoning logically. Everyone suffers in the end.
Krystal Brown December 06, 2012 at 11:10 AM
Hey Brenda! Anita drink! Citizen! While you were busy judging others some of your skeletons fell out of the closet! Anita? Coward is to drown in alcohol! Anita drink!!!! Maybe that's why they seem to have no heart all the time. Because they've been sipping the sauce! With Anita.... Don't worry about trying to make sense of their opinion, you can't fix stupid!
keepn it real December 06, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Really a young kid 16 years old tried to kill himself!! What is wrong with you?none of us know what goes. On in this persons life. Have a heart and know he is sick and needs help. I will say a prayer for the young boy and his family ...ITS NOT MY JOB TO JUDGE HIM FOR SOMTHING I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT.......
Galactic Cannibal December 06, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Hey JJ . you wrote "they are like A-holes everyone has one" Dude - Dudette, Your observation is astounding and logical up to a point. What would we do without assholes........EXPLODE..
Galactic Cannibal December 06, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Response to Gandhi: Hey dude , do you dress like Mahatma ??? If not why not . The name Gandhi is on a par with the name Caesar. Two giants in their time. And as for your comment on "me being rude" By rude, do you mean, when nature triggers a release of mostly methane gas, through the anus of a human, and the human reacts, by farting to release that gas. . Is that rude. or "not politically correct". ?? So should I stop farting ? Enquiring minds want to know Dude. ?
SA December 06, 2012 at 05:57 PM
Gandhi .... Rhetorical figure of speech … champ!
Brenda December 06, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Vic there is alot of truth in what you say. VW you also but it takes some help from another usually to get the depressed person directed into a different direction and interest. If they do not get that help its nearly impossible to pull yourself up out of that hole by yourself. What you suggest is a GREAT thing for therapists to make to patients. Its true that alot of us always feel better by helping others as long as we don't forget the main focus and thats the depressed persons self, well being, and loving themselves again.
Brenda December 06, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Its not so much calling HIM a coward temeculaperson. Well I dont think so anyway. Most are saying that SUICIDE in general is a SELFISH and Cowardly act. Its giving up, its leaving your friends and family without you.........ie the selfish part. Its only thinking about your pain and not the pain of the others who will live forever with that persons death, and the fact that it was suicide and the guilt that they didnt recognize it, help the person, or perhaps feel they didnt love them enough, all sorts of guilt that probably isnt even true. So if everyone reads the posts a bit more thouroughly you will see that alot of them are meaning the coward, selfish statements different then how you are taking them. If you know someone who has committed suicide you will understand the comments as to what the friends and family left behind feel like. :/
Brenda December 06, 2012 at 07:06 PM
JJ I know you like to stir the pot and mostly harmless, but sometimes you can be a touch mean. :) But I have always thought you are funny since I first came on to read the Patch so I wont stoop to calling you names and such, not my style, LOL. You snert! I am only saying to charge him with the crime for two reasons. 1. it will keep him in treatment longer and if his parents could not afford that or no insurance for a long period now the state will pay for it. 2. He needs to understand WHY when he did go to commit suicide he chose to try and take an innocent young man with him? More notoriety? More in the newspaper? Finally popular? The way it would work in the court is the charges would probably get dropped after he successfully completes a long term live in mental health facility. Where they school, get therapy, medications, its safe and secure, they work for the facility in some way to earn money as they get better. Alot of benefit to this and something his own parents medical insurance probably would not pay for. So if everyone read my posts they would understand what I am saying. Stop reading what you want into a post people and read what it really says word for word, not speed reading.
Brenda December 06, 2012 at 07:08 PM
Agree with alot of what you say SA. Strange thing is that the highschools send out a dress code everyone signs each year and hardly any of the kids adhere to it. The girls are half naked, no bras, no straps, just a tube top, short shorts, guys dressed as you mention above, or they are gay and dress over as such(dont mind they are gay but they do NOT need to wear pink and allthe makeup). The school says well if we send everyone home for dress code each day no one will be in school............what a crock!!
TheOtherGuy December 07, 2012 at 05:28 AM
Thanks, "keepn it real" -- Wise words, kind thoughts!
Gandhi December 07, 2012 at 06:58 AM
Brenda December 07, 2012 at 08:10 AM
Gandhi wears a rice package? Long grain or Jasmine? I prefer Jasmine myself. It has a slightly different taste, a touch of sweetness and easier to make either dryer or moist, ie sticky rice. Well, we have a toilet paper wearer, now Gandhi is wearing a rice package, wonder who will show up in what tomorrow? Gal Cann will be dressed like a turd or a big fat blunt right?
JJ December 10, 2012 at 01:02 AM
@ Brenda, you must have confused me with someone else, I have just moved in this area not too long ago, and have NEVER posted on the patch until this article.


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