One woman died and a man sustained major injuries after being ejected from a stolen SUV during a crash with a semi-tractor trailer on Wednesday.
CHP officials said that the collision on Gilman Springs Road east of Bridge Street near San Jacinto was reported just before 11:00 a.m. When CHP officers arrived the 1998 Dodge Durango which was reported stolen out of Victorville was on fire and the two occupants were lying in the roadway. The female passenger, Tanya Gil, 31, of Hemet, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Dodge, identified as Issa Mojaddidi, 30, of Moreno Valley, was also ejected and sustained life-threatening injuries. Mojaddidi was transported to a local hospital for the treatment of his injuries.
The semi tractor-trailer driver, a Los Angeles man was not injured as a result of the head-on collision. Through investigation, CHP officials learned that the Durango was traveling westbound on Gilman Springs while the Volvo semi tractor-trailer was heading eastbound on Gilman Springs. For reasons that remain under investigation, the Durango drifted onto the shoulder area. Mojaddidi overcorrected and lost control sending the vehicle into the eastbound lane of traffic as the semi tractor-trailer approached.
The cause of the collision remains under investigation. It is unknown at this time if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the collision.Gilman Springs was closed from Bridge Street to Hwy 79 for several hours for the investigation and clean up.
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