Fatal hit-and-run crash: Police arrested a Menifee man on vehicular homicide charges after he ran a red light, caused a fatal accident, and fled the scene Monday in Temecula.
• A driver in a pickup truck ran a red light and crashed into two cars in an intersection in front of a shopping center.
• The truck driver fled the scene.
• One woman was killed and two others were seriously injured in the hit-and-run crash.
• Police caught and arrested the hit-and-run driver, who was treated for injuries and released. He was charged with vehicular homicide and felony hit-and-run.
Witnesses told police that a man — later identified as 63-year-old Travis Hughes Braswell of Menifee — was driving a pickup truck westbound on Rancho California Road when he ran a red light at the Town Center shopping area.
The truck slammed into a gold Pontiac, and then spun out of control and crashed into a gold Saturn. Braswell fled the scene.
The woman driving the Pontiac, 27-year-old Sharina Thomason of Escondido, suffered deadly injuries was taken to a nearby hospital in “full arrest,” Riverside County Fire Department spokeswoman Jody Hagemann told the Southwest Riverside News Network. Thomason was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Two other victims were taken to hospitals to be treated for moderate and minor injuries, Hagemann said.
Police found Braswell in the shopping center. He was transported to a local hospital to be treated, and then arrested on vehicular homicide and felony hit-and-run charges. Police booked Braswell into the Southwest Detention Center.
The accident remains under investigation. Anyone with further information is urged to contact the Temecula Police Department at 951-696-3000.