Jorge Paniagua Killed in San Jacinto Crash at State and Sagecrest near College Campus
Riverside County, California (June 23, 2022) – 25-year-old Jorge Paniagua, of Hemet, was killed in a two-vehicle collision on Wednesday night, June 22, in San Jacinto.
At around 8:40 p.m., the California Highway Patrol and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department officers responded to a collision at North State Street and Sagecrest Drive, near the entrance to the campus of Mt. San Jacinto College.
Paniagua was driving an Infiniti sedan southbound on State Street when he collided with a northbound Honda Civic making a turn west onto Sagecrest.
Hemet Man Dies in Collision at San Jacinto Intersection
The impact of the collision sent the Infiniti off the roadway and crashed into a telephone pole.
Paniagua was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
A passenger in the Infiniti was hospitalized with unspecified injuries.
More details about the accident were not provided.
An investigation into the accident is underway.
Crash Fatalities in California Went Up in 2021, Early Federal Estimates Show
Newly released estimates by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that fatalities caused by traffic crashes on U.S. freeways reached a 16-year high in 2021.
The crash deaths also increased in almost every state, including California, according to NHTSA.
According to the Early Estimate of Motor Vehicle Traffic Fatalities in 2021 report released by NHTSA, about 42,915 people were killed in traffic collisions in 2021 in the U.S. This shows a 10.5% increase from the 38,828 fatalities reported in 2020.
NHTSA says the projection is the highest number of traffic deaths since 2005 as well as the largest percentage rise in the history of the Fatality Analysis Reporting System.
In California, 4,258 people died in traffic collisions in 2021 – a 10.7 increase from 2020’s 3,847, as per the NHTSA report titled – “Crash Stats: Early Estimate of Motor Vehicle Traffic Fatalities in 2021.”
According to the traffic deaths estimates, in the two-state region that includes Arizona and California, crash fatalities in 2021 are projected to go up by 10% over the previous year.
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