Victim in Temecula Car Crash Dies From Injuries

Nicholas Musto, 25, of New York, was pronounced dead at 1:30 p.m Tuesday at Inland Valley Regional Medical Center in Wildomar, where he was taken following the crash Sunday at Yukon and Rancho California Roads.

The victim of a Temecula car crash Sunday has died from his injuries, the Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner's office confirmed today.

Nicholas Musto, 25, of Massapequa Park, NY, was pronounced dead at 1:30 p.m Tuesday at Inland Valley Regional Medical Center in Wildomar, the coroner's office said, where he was taken following the crash Sunday at Yukon and Rancho California Roads.

Musto—a Marine reservist, according to the coroner's office—was driving a 1997 Nissan Maxima when he was struck at about 3:35 p.m. Sunday by an SUV near the intersection of Rancho California and Yukon roads, sheriff's officials said in a news release.

"Upon the officers' arrival, along with other rescue personnel, they discovered a 1997 Nissan Maxima and a 2012 GMC Acadia resting on their wheels in the westbound lanes of Rancho California," said sheriff's Sgt. John Magnan in the news release.

Musto suffered major injuries when he became trapped in the wreckage of his car, and firefighter/paramedics were forced to perform a cut-and-rescue to remove him, according to CAL FIRE/Riverside County.

Two others suffered minor injures, CAL FIRE reported.

The roadway was closed for nearly four hours as sheriff's officials investigated the crash.

Several witnesses were interviewed, according to Magnan.

It was preliminarily determined that the driver of the GMC Acadia—identified as Jennifer Moss, of Temecula—allegedly ran a red light and broadsided the Nissan, Magnan said.

Initial investigation determined that neither drugs nor alcohol were factors,  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.

Brenda October 05, 2012 at 04:00 PM
KB you are such a butt.
LifeinTtown October 05, 2012 at 04:41 PM
No, not glass houses, just obey the traffic laws. If you can't, you shouldn't be driving. The fact is that she ran a red light - I don't know if she was texting, talking, looking away - all that doesn't matter. Yes, the Lord forgives - true. but He also asks us to be responsible for our own actions.
Brenda October 05, 2012 at 04:44 PM
Exactly LifeinTTown, The Lord gives us the tools to do things properly in life in all aspects, he doesnt hold our hand and make sure we do that 100%, that is our decision. You give a mechanic tools to work on cars and its his choice of schooling and caring about his job that makes him a great repairman.
Gloria K. October 06, 2012 at 02:17 PM
So sorry for Nick's family. I have been friends with his Mom for a long time. She lost her Mom then her suster and now her son. My love and prayers go out to Pina, Al and Alex and to all the friends and family affected! You will be missed Nick! Your Mom loved you to the moon and back! xoxo
Brenda October 06, 2012 at 06:44 PM
Lord Gloria, what tragedy she has seen lately. This poor woman, and then to have the 3rd be her son. I hope and pray she has someone with her all the time and not left alone as she must be overwhelmed :(
Pkmd October 07, 2012 at 01:45 AM
Dear S. Very nicely said and written so well from someone who knew this young man and cared deeply for him. I am so sorry for your loss and I will keep you all in my thoughts. I went through a similar situation with my family member who was killed just like Nick was, ( and I have had a murder in my family as well) but what a lot of people on this board can't understand is being able to identify what is an accident to what is done on purpose. As we (the friends and family) have to learn is that being angry is not going to heal those who need to be healed. Those who don't know the victims have no idea what kind of life they have lead or have no idea what they would want for those people left behind. People post like they know the victims or even know the law. I can see that your above reading "some" of these type of post and that is the first part of healing. May God be with all of you at this time and knowing that Nick is with you at every moment will hopefully get you all through this. I hope that made sense!!
Yokasta October 07, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Sad, very sad. This family has already been through so much this past year alone. Having to deal with so much and the lost of a child when his mother was still trying to get herself together from losing her only sister Maria who ive worked with for over 10 years. But I know Maria is with him and so is Concetta. They are all great people, I will continue to pray for Pina and the entire family.
nicks's biggest fan October 08, 2012 at 02:45 AM
Nick was the most amazing friend. I grew up as a family friend and than became best friends with him over the years. He was so special and impacted the lives of everyone he ever met, He served our country. For those you never met him, its a huge lost and residence of the community i hope you all learn from this horrible situation and drive more carefully. From what i read this is common within your area. Its not a judgement but a cry and pledge that will hopefully save someones life and not put anyone else in the situtation that Nick's family and friends are going through at this moment. R.I.P Buddy ...luv you
Brenda October 08, 2012 at 08:23 AM
I am not a mean person Nichole, and I strive hard not to be even in manners like this, but Good God, its when I see your post that says "her families lives were changed on Sunday and now they are reading everyones comments about how she should be locked up", that I want to say well La Ti DA. She is alive, her child she HAD in the car with her when she ran the red light is alive, and obviously both well, and I imagine she is kissing everything around her saying thank God they are alive and she can continue to enjoy her life, life style, friends and family. How she feels in NO way compares to how Nicholas's family feels right now, no way, and to suggest they feel the same in ridiculous. Look at this young mans picture up there? A beautiful man, a Marine, 2 tours of duty in Iraq, probably has touched 1000's of lives, other soldiers and Iraq people, maybe soon to be married and have children, but not NOW. NOT EVER. He wont have the opportunity to teach his child, not to run red lights when driving, and actually start to slow down when you go through one in case the light changes and you have time to respond properly. If she is reading these comments she should take them to heart .In one of mine I wrote that she dedicates her life to something related to this incident, set up a fund, volunteer, speeches at schools, anything and everything. There is no sympathy here, especially with her own child in the car with her.
Amanda October 08, 2012 at 02:34 PM
This has been such an amazing outpouring of love for Nick. Being at the services yesterday was inspiring for me. Seeing the amount of people Nick has touched throughout his life was heartwarming as well as heartbreaking. I thank everyone for coming and supporting our family. There are no words for the amount of pain my family feels, but the kind words, the stories (we know Nick had a lot of those!), the laughter, the memories .. they have been such a comfort for my aunt, uncle and cousin. To everyone who is attending the services, my family thanks you and to everyone who cannot make it but extended their prayers, we appreciate your love and support through difficult times. Citizens of Temecula, it is now up to you to petition and work to keep your roads a safer place. If there needs to be a camera installed or more police activity in this area, please contact your town committees and work to make a difference. If there are letters to write and phone calls to make in order to make this intersection safer, please reach out to me and I will help with this effort.
Gillian Marie Levi October 08, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Nick truly was an amazing person. He was my husband's friend first but had no problem fitting in with our family. I loved Nick. He was a great friend to my husband, myself and my kids. For a 25 year old single man to come over to a house full of chaos and spend a Friday evening playing video games with my kids and letting my cats use his chest as a bed, shows his inner self. He was funny...hilarious. He was handsome and his smile was infectious. I keep thinking over and over, "If he just hadn't come over to visit us that day.", "If he had remembered he left his phone at our house.", "If me and my husband had never met"...he'd still be alive. Amanda, I wish at least my husband could have made it to the service. It's very hard not having closure and as well as i thought we were handling it, we're not. It's still unreal yet heartbreaking. I'm sorry this happened. Of all the people in the world, he did not deserve this. When I told my 8-year-old son was happened, he said (with tears) "But mom, I thought you said karma was real." It broke my heart. For the next 2 days all he kept saying was "Nick was the nicest guy I know." I let him see Nick in the hospital, and I hope that helped him understand. I'm sorry.
Amanda October 09, 2012 at 03:48 AM
Gillian, I'm so saddened to hear you have such guilt. I wish there was something I could say to make this easier on you. There's nothing you could have done to change the outcome of this tragedy. There are so many "if only's" in a case like this, but when it's your time, it's your time. And please tell your son that karma is very real.. Because for all the love Nick put out into the world, the funeral home was bursting with more people than I ever could have imagined, giving it back to him. As difficult as it is, his life is a celebration we're all partaking in together. He is incredibly loved by so many people; and that's what he deserved. I'm sorry you aren't able to attend his funeral for the closure, but you spent Nick's last (conscious) day on Earth with him. That in itself is such a gift. He didn't spend his last day alone, angry, scared .. he spent his last hours surrounded by friends and laughter. And that was because of you. Your husband was able to be by his bedside when life was still inside of him. Please don't take that for granted, be appreciative of that gift because I'd give just about anything to be in your shoes. I will send along your love to the family tomorrow at the funeral and you and your husband will be in my thoughts and heart. If you need anything or just want to talk in the days, weeks, months ahead- I'd be happy to talk with you. Don't apologize. We owe you thanks.
Marcus 7011 October 09, 2012 at 04:57 PM
Nick was a great person for almost 8 years now he was one of the best friends I have ever had. I'll never forget him coming to my house bursting with excitement to play wii golf losing and then screaming "BUGGOW" for no apparent reason. I had the pleasure of living with nick in California for about two months and he brought a smile to mine as well as my families face every day. I am deeply sorry to nicks family that me and my family can not make it out to the funeral we really really wish we could. He was the best man when I married my wife and we have taken his passing very heavily. I took the picture of nick wearing my white and black sweater and that is how I will choose to remember him always smiling, always happy, and always Corky. I love you nick and ill see you on the other side brother.
jasmin October 13, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Nick was my roommate for a year and made living away from home easy. When I moved out in September, he helped me and spent time with me at my new apartment just because. We texted each other daily withand what not and not a day goes by that I don't think of you, nikki. I wish he could just come over right now and hang our like usual but he can't anymore. I don't know how to accept this loss.
vdm October 14, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Very sad for nick's leaving. Siamo vicini a tutta la famiglia per vostro terribile dolore per la perdita di nicholas. Condoglianze da Italia da Lello, Rosa e famiglia Di Maio. Abbraccio forte.
Galactic Cannibal October 15, 2012 at 03:19 AM
What a sad and tragic event But here we go again, with that standard parrot statement made by our Machiavellian controllers. "Initial investigation determined that neither drugs nor alcohol were factors, Magnan said" The constant dumbing down of the American masses by repeating miss- information enough times, and the masses will believe it. Check the Federal stats folks, and try to educated yourselves on statistics and the logistics of deaths, caused directly by drivers who have drunk alcohol. You will be surprised !!!!!!!!. The vast majority of road deaths are caused by drivers who have NOT drunk alcohol . As in this case a woman from Temecula ran a RED light, and snuffed out the life of a 25 year old New Yorker who was here on Military duty.. But NO Booze was involved ...
Brenda October 15, 2012 at 08:28 AM
Do not have to be drunk to violate a law and in the commission of that kill someone. Which is exactly what she did by running that red light. Of course accidents happen other then from drunk drivers Gal Cann, we are not ignorant. However with drunk drivers there is some horrible rule that lets them live, and damn near get a "get out of jail card free". Do 2 years on a 4 yr sentence and they are out walking, going to school, work, with their family and friends while a family of 4 are dead leaving what is left of their family alone, without them. Sentences need to be handed out that are worthy of the crime they committed. NO MATTER if you were drunk, ran a red light, its against the law, illegal, and long term consequences should apply.
Galactic Cannibal October 15, 2012 at 04:54 PM
To me running a Red light with a 6,000lbs vehicle at 30 to 45 mph is like shooting a gun down a main street where people are walking. The result is people will be killed. This Temecula woman ran a red light and killed a 25 year old New York man, that is a fact. She broke the law in a violent manner (running a Red Light) and she must now face the consequences of her crime. "No slap on the wrist "
Brenda October 15, 2012 at 10:45 PM
Exactly Gal Cann, and you stated it better then any of us did. If in the course of breaking any law you then cause a death, it is like a DUI at least which is Vehicular Manslaughter. We still have not heard if charges are being filed. But I know this, there are going to be some very very angry citizens if they are not filed. Obviously there will be a huge Civil suit but the criminal aspect cannot be overlooked because of that EVER.
Dee Pastor October 20, 2012 at 09:08 PM
The mother of this young handsome 25 year old killed lost her mother in January of this year and her sister in March and now to loose her son in October I know the mom and she is lovely and beautiful and though met her only once, she carried photos of her two sons - one of which is the victim here. How much can one person endure- OMG I am devastated. I do believe this Jennifer Moss person should be brought up on charges and pay the price legally and charged with manslaughter Lay down the laws U.S.A.
Dee Pastor October 20, 2012 at 09:13 PM
The mother of the victim Nicholas Musto - who lives on Long Island NY she lost her mother in January - then her sister died in March- and now her son died in October - Oh my God I know Pina Musto and I cannot phathom her grief this year 2012 Imagine............
Brenda October 21, 2012 at 02:11 AM
Gillian you have shared wonderful memories with us of Nick and his wonderful personality. It was NOT his time to go even though some say "it was his time". You and your husband have went through a horrible tragedy and the healing will take awhile. You and your husband at his bedside being the voices he heard while he slept in that coma. BELIEVE ME he heard everything you both said while in ICU. I was in a coma and you see so many things and hear your loved ones you really do, so remember that he did know you were there. Nick was doing what he loved spending time with your family or he wouldnt have been there. There is no what if's, he was where he was suppose to be and wanted to be and obviously cared very much for your children too. Don't beat yourselves up over that, and take solace in Amanda's words "all the love Nick put out into the world, the funeral home was bursting with more people than I ever could have imagined, giving it back to him." The outrage now is that we have not heard a word about the SUV Drivers charges. While healing it also means getting over the anger part because it trades time back and forth with the sadness. Its difficult to get over the anger until our Police complete this investigation, trial, sentence is handed down and then a Civil suit. If Nick's family started a foundation in his name to maybe help other servicemen, in need, that would help heal everyone too. God Bless young lady and your family.
Vfox December 06, 2012 at 12:51 AM
Charges have been filed by the DA just an FYI.
Brenda December 21, 2012 at 03:05 AM
Wonder why Ms. Jennifer MOSS has not been arrested, charged and bail set on this case yet? She did kill this unfortunate young man while plowing through a red light per the officers first reports and subsequent investigation however there is not one update I have been able to find on the internet. Anyone have any information other then VFox here? Or VFox do you have any further information like what charges have been filed etc? If its just a running a red light ticket, oh boy, heads are going to spin on this one because many people are very angry and some think she is getting off because she is known in the area for one thing or another. Hell, I have never heard of her, must be a school teacher. Her charges should be right up there with "Man Pleads Not Guilty to Killing Couple in CrashChristopher Keith Bostic, 45, could face more than 20 years in prison if convicted." "A Temecula man accused of killing a couple when he plowed through a red light and broadsided the victims' compact sport utility vehicle pleaded not guilty Tuesday to gross vehicular manslaughter and other felonies." His other felonies was hit and run to a car in a parking lot prior to hitting the couple he killed, and then also because of a repeat offender of driving dangerously.
amy February 20, 2013 at 06:47 AM
I hope she does get locked up and my heart goes out to the familly and friends god bless.:-)
Brenda February 20, 2013 at 07:38 PM
AMY, I still wonder daily why we have not had a followup story on this. Literally it appears this woman fell off the face of the earth with no more information after killing this young man. I am sickened that not even the Patch has been able to find anything further out about this case. If you read all the posts I repeat over and over we need to see her get charged with at a minimum manslaugther because he was killed in the commission of breaking the law "speeding through a red light". That is the charge that totally fits the crime and she should have been charged and be in trial by now. I have a strange feeling there is some sort of coverup involved because several on here seem to know who she is? Supposed Prominent member of the city? School District? But something is going on and I for one do NOT Like it. Just a month later a man running a signal light killed the elderly man and woman(in the patch) and he was arrested and charged already and should be in court soon if he hasnt already. SO why hasnt Ms. Jennifer Moss???? Anyone know?>
S. October 01, 2013 at 06:50 PM
I can't believe it's been a year already..... I still can't even see his name without breaking down.. Sto I miss you brother, you are easily the funniest person I have ever known.... I would do Anything to have one more cross country phone call even....I love you I'll never forget the times S4
S. October 01, 2013 at 06:59 PM
And Brenda she went to trial I believe she lost her license for A period of Time and she had a conversation with his brother. From what I have heard it was heartfelt and sincere apology and an understanding that what was done cannot be undone. I am happy her daughter is ok and I know Sgt Musto would feel the same.... But I would trade a million Jennifer Moss' for one day with my friend back......... Thank you for continuing to show an interest in this matter it feels Great To know no one has forgotten his name. With tears in My eyes I thank you. SGT Nicholas Musto. One of the most amazing people I ever had the Pleasure of knowing, it was an honor calling him my friend..... -Steve
Brenda October 01, 2013 at 07:14 PM
Ahh Steve. There is not a day that goes by that I do not think of him, and of course I did not know him. I would also trade over anyone who runs a red light, a stop sign, is a drunk driver, wreckless driver over for Nick. To find out all Ms. Jennifer Moss had for punishment was her drivers license taken away? SHE ran a red light that during the commission of that crime killed an innocent 25 yr old man who had his life ahead of him. It is the minimum of a DUI, at least? Literally a month later, Steve, a man ran a red light and smashed into a car killing a grandmother and grandfather and he was tossed in jail, charged with a slew of charges, but also vehicular manslaughter. Now how can she has gotten off with a restricted drivers license she probably already has back? She KILLED someone. I am so sorry Steve for his family his friends, and you who came here today. I will forever think that Jennifer Moss "knows or knew" someone and that is how she got out of this because killing someone is still killing someone whether you are a man or woman, drive a big car or a small car, are stupid enough to drive through a red light. We know Nick is up there having fun at whatever he loves to do and saying "dont" worry about it kids!! LOL But, it was not his time.
SB March 27, 2014 at 11:59 PM
Oh Musto, I can't believe it's been this long. I think about you often. Actually, you have been visiting me in my dreams lately... Its still so very hard for me to believe. I think back to your funeral and it's all just a blur. It's almost like my whole trip to NYC was a dream. I just hope that you know that we all still think about you often.. I talk to the guys about you a lot. You will forever be in our hearts.


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