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Temecula Crash Leaves 1 Dead

Cort Hedrick died at Inland Valley Medical Center in Wildomar at 1:40 p.m. Tuesday, the Riverside County Coroner’s Office is reporting.

A 25-year-old Fallbrook man who police say crashed into a concrete mixer truck in Temecula Tuesday morning, has died.

Cort Hedrick died at Inland Valley Medical Center in Wildomar at 1:40 p.m. Tuesday, the Riverside County Coroner’s Office is reporting.

At around 11 a.m. Tuesday, Hedrick was driving a 1999 SUV “at a high rate of speed” northbound on Anza Road, north of DePortola Road, according to a report from the California Highway Patrol. A cement mixer truck was stopped ahead, just south of Calle Campos, with its hazard lights on, the report stated.

Hedrick “continued at a high rate of speed with no attempt of stopping behind the cement mixer,” the report written by CHP Officer Thurston indicated.

Hedrick struck the left rear side of the cement mixer. 

“After impact, the SUV veered to the left, across the southbound lane, ejecting [Hedrick] onto the dirt shoulder at the west edge of the roadway,” Thurston reported.

According to the coroner’s office, Hedrick was not wearing a safety belt.

“The SUV continued over an embankment, rolled over within a field and came to rest on its side,” Thurston said.

Moments after coming to rest, the SUV's engine compartment caught on fire and was extinguished by the cement mixer driver and some utility workers who witnessed the crash, Thurston added. 

The 59-year-old cement mixer driver, whose identity was not released, suffered minor injuries, Thurston reported.

Keli Smith February 27, 2013 at 07:17 PM
Rest in Peace Cort - See you in heaven! Heartfelt prayers and love to the Hedrick family. Psalm 34:18 "He is near to the brokenhearted and saves those crushed in spirit."
Garrett G February 27, 2013 at 08:27 PM
condolences to the Hedrick family r.i.p. bro
S Smith February 28, 2013 at 02:25 AM
So sad. People need to slow down in Temecula, especially on the back roads. Condolences to his family.
chris February 28, 2013 at 02:40 AM
Rest in piece cort. You were like a brother. And all of us are here tonight thinking of you bro. We are all waiting to wake up from this bad dream. I love you bro. I know your watching over all of us now. And we will see you in heaven! From all your close buddies! MISS YOU BRO!
Jason February 28, 2013 at 03:18 AM
I was one of the people who stopped to help at the scene. Please pass on to the Hedrick family that Cort was being tended to and encouraged by many of the men and 1 woman who were by his side. He was being cared for and surrounded by others who cared for him.
sarah xarrillo February 28, 2013 at 04:30 AM
Thank you so much Jason I forwarded this page to his sister. It means a lot that someone was there with him.
R.Thompson February 28, 2013 at 05:08 AM
Though our time together was short,I observed the smiles and laughter he brought to the room.He was a close friend of my daughter Jordan's boyfriend Austin.In coming to know Austin and his family in the past few years and seeing what great people they are,tells me that Cort too, was a good person. As a parent I cant even imagine losing a child,I watched my parent's have to endore the pain of losing their daughter at age 15.My prayers go out to his family and friends and i can only hope they find the strenght to deal with their loss.To everyone who knew him ,remember the great times and the laughs you shared with him. I only wished I'd got to know him better."Vaio con Dios Amigo
ANTHONY BARRIOS February 28, 2013 at 04:15 PM
CORT! one of your many homies from FALLBROOK speakin out to you ! you will always be remembered and always missed! Fallbrook High School brought us alot of fun times brotha. you have so many friends and so much family prayin out to you right now buddy! We love and miss you and i no your watching over us right now! Sending love to your family! your friend, Anthony (BONES)
Kim Buzza Stephens February 28, 2013 at 05:14 PM
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.... Truly sorry!!!!!
CommCare February 28, 2013 at 05:33 PM
The loss of any ones life is horrifying, but I would like to use this tragedy to make an appeal to people out there to look out for hazard lights - they are on for a reason! I was recently broken down in a busy left turn lane until a tow truck came. People continued to keep coming into the lane even though my hazards on and I was out on the curb waving them away. Then a couple of people started swearing at me to get the car out of the road... but not one person offered to help and there were plenty of people around. This was in Temecula in the early evening. This is not what our town is about - wake up and and have some regard for your fellow human beings.
carlos hernandez February 28, 2013 at 07:50 PM
Adios mijo descansa enpaz tu siempre var a estar en mi corazon adios bb aya nod vemos mas tarde i love you cort
Michael March 01, 2013 at 04:20 AM
This is very sad. But, just wondering, why was he going really fast and not stopping for cement trucks.
Brenda March 02, 2013 at 07:35 PM
CommCare, Someone posted a while back that Temecula drivers think they are privileged and that is why they run red lights, Drink and drive, drive wrecklessly, have no regard for their fellow drivers or fellow men in need of some help on the road. I am tending to believe this after reading of all the accidents, deaths the past year or so and its horrible that anyone would yell at someone to get their broken down car out of the way. For godsake it takes a while for a tow truck to come and god forbid you are driving anything older then a 2011 or they will yell at you to buy a NEW CAR LOOSER.!! If everyone just thought one time before they started the engine each time they go somewhere to drive safely, the speedlimit, no alcohol or drugs, to considerate all other drivers, we would not have the wrecks, serious injuries and deaths we have daily, weekly.
Brenda March 02, 2013 at 07:39 PM
Its a very sad story especially with all Corts friends posting good memories of a fun, nice 25 yr young man. :/ My condolences also to friends and family and it was not your time young man and only you would know why you were going so fast and ran into that huge truck. :/ No one will probably ever know why. Jason your post is special to know that nice people stopped to help and be with Cort encouraging him to hang on, and holding him. These people are few and far between these days. God Bless You.

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