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Hemet man killed in head-on crash near Highway 79 and Gilman Springs Road

By in Press Enterprise on July 16, 2017

By City News Service

The coroner on Saturday, July 15, identified a 57-year-old man killed in a head-on crash near Highway 79 and Gilman Springs Road just north of San Jacinto that split his car in two.

Brian Crabtree, of Hemet, was killed in the 6:15 a.m. crash Friday, according to the Riverside County coroner’s office.

Officer Darren Meyer told City News Service that the victim was going northbound on the 79 in his Nissan Sentra when he made an abrupt “hard left” across the center divider of the four-lane road — directly into oncoming traffic.

The driver of a 2013 GMC heavy-duty pickup had no time to swerve when the compact car appeared in front of him, resulting in a head-on crash, according to Meyer.

“The Nissan was literally split in half on impact,” he said.

Riverside County Fire Department paramedics pronounced Crabtree dead at the scene minutes later.

The pickup driver, identified as Christopher Mix, of Mentone, 43 declined medical treatment, Meyer said.

He said neither vehicle was traveling at an excessive speed.

Alcohol or drugs have not been ruled out as possible factors in the crash.

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