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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.

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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