Man suspected of causing fatal crash north of MoVal behind bars

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A 55-year-old suspected drunk driver who allegedly ran over and killed a woman trying to help an injured burro just north of Moreno Valley was being held on $ 1 million bail Thursday.

Martin Joel Ramirez Hernandez of Mecca was arrested and jailed at Robert Presley Prison in Riverside on Wednesday on suspicion of second degree murder, driving with a suspended license and impaired driving causing serious bodily harm.

Hernandez had been hospitalized for several weeks after the sinking last month, and meanwhile, Riverside County Sheriff’s investigators have gathered enough evidence to secure an arrest warrant for the suspect, who has several unsuccessful DUI cases. resolved pending before the Superior Court.

According to the sheriff’s sergeant. Robert Grmusha, the fatal crash happened around 11:20 p.m. on December 15 along Redlands Boulevard, just north of Ironwood Avenue, in an area known as Big Horn Canyon.

Grmusha said the chain sinking began when a 2013 Toyota Corolla struck a feral donkey crossing the two-lane corridor, fatally injuring the animal, which remained lying in the lanes.

The Toyota driver moved his vehicle off the roadway and was calling for help when the driver of a 2007 Chevy Trail Blazer (stopped and) tilted his vehicle in front of the burro in an apparent attempt to ‘prevent a secondary collision,’ said Staff Sgt.

The affected motorist, Jacqueline Morgan, 52, of Moreno Valley, got out of her Chevrolet “and was standing by the driver’s side door when it was hit” by a 2007 Nissan Altima driven by Hernandez, according to Grmusha.

“On impact, the Nissan pushed the Chevrolet into the parked Toyota, then crossed the roadway, where it spilled into a nearby drainage ditch,” he said.

Morgan was found seriously injured on the road and taken to Riverside University Medical Center. She succumbed to her injuries four days later.

Hernandez suffered serious injuries, none of which were life threatening, and was taken to the same hospital for treatment, then eventually recovered.

The Toyota driver, whose identity has not been released, was not injured, Grmusha said.


According to court records, Hernandez has three DUI cases, all in Coachella Valley, dating back a decade that have not been resolved. He was due to appear for a hearing about them next month.

Man suspected of causing fatal crash north of MoVal behind bars was last modified: January 6, 2022 through Contributing editor

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