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Man drives wrong way on 10 Freeway from Cabazon to Calimesa

By in Press Enterprise on August 29, 2017

By Beatriz E. Valenzuela

An 85-year-old Sun City man was seriously hurt following a crash in Calimesa after he drove nearly 15 miles the wrong way on the 10 Freeway on Monday, California Highway Patrol officials said.

Thomas Kacsandy got onto the eastbound lanes of the freeway at Main Street in Cabazon but drove west along the center divider, according to CHP Officer Darren Meyers.

“We had multiple units in the area and we ran three different traffic breaks in an attempt to protect the safety of the motoring public and stop the driver,” Meyers said. “On all three occasions, eastbound traffic was brought to a stop and the CHP officers, with lights and sirens on, tried to signal the driver and the driver just kept going.”

At times, Kacsandy reached speeds of more than 90 mph in his 2015 Nissan Versa, Meyers said.

As officers were trying to determine the best and safest location to place a spike strip, Kacsandy lost control of his vehicle near the Cherry Valley Boulevard offramp in Calimesa, crashed into the center divider and overturned, Meyers said.

Debris from the crash struck a passing vehicle on the westbound lanes of the freeway, but that driver was not hurt.

Paramedics took Kacsandy to an area hospital in serious condition.

CHP officers are trying to determine why Kacsandy drove the wrong way on the freeway.

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