Fiery Collision Near Temecula Kills 2
Two people were killed and five injured in a fiery head-on collision in Santa Ysabel Tuesday afternoon in what was believed to be a suicide attempt by one of the drivers, the California Highway Patrol said.
A car being driven west on California 78 drove head-on into an oncoming motor home, causing its fuel tanks to rupture and catch on fire, CHP investigators said. The accident occurred about 2 p.m. half a mile west of California 79.
Scott E. Brewer, 21, of Alberta, Canada, driver of the car, and Douglas W. Jensen, 44, of Temecula, driver of the motor home, were burned to death, and five passengers in the motor home were injured, CHP investigator Guy Henry said.
The accident occurred when Brewer crossed the median strip on the two-lane highway. Brewer had been reported in Canada to be missing and suicidal.
Four children were airlifted by Life Flight to Children’s Hospital, and a third adult, Robin Jensen, 36, was treated at Palomar Hospital.
Dillion Denton, 11, of Temecula was in fair condition, and 8-year old Michael Jensen was also in fair condition, a Children’s Hospital spokeswoman said.
Two other children Mark Jensen, 6, and Dale Denton, 11, were treated and released.
The accident started a brush fire on both sides of the road.