BEAUMONT, CA. – A driver attempting to pass a slow-moving big rig in the construction zone on the westbound 60 freeway east of Gilman Springs Road on Thursday crashed, killing two.
At around 1:12 p.m. Mitchell Finesod, 55, of Cathedral City was driving a white 1993 Corvette around 2 miles east of Gilman Springs. Finesod was behind slower moving traffic and was seen illegally passing vehicles on the right shoulder. In a reckless manner, Finesod attempted to pass a big rig using the right shoulder. He was unable to get in front of the big rig without clipping the right front wheel of the big rig.
The impact sent the Corvette out of control and toward the center median k-rail where he slammed into a black Jaguar SUV headed eastbound on SR-60. “This impact caused the male driver and the left rear female passenger to sustain immediate fatal injuries,” CHP officials said. “The right front passenger and right rear passenger of the Jaguar sustained non-life threatening injuries and were transported by AMR to Riverside University Health System Hospital in Moreno Valley.”
The Corvette landed back in the westbound lanes. The driver of the Corvette sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was also transported by AMR to Riverside University Health System Hospital in Moreno Valley. He is currently in CHP custody.
The driver of the big rig did not sustain any injuries as a result of the collision. SR-60 was closed between Gilman Springs and I-10. Traffic was diverted onto I-10, and onto Gilman Springs Road. At 4:12PM, the westbound lanes of SR-60 were opened and at 4:32PM, the eastbound lanes were opened.
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