UPDATED: AGUANGA: Two killed in Anza crash identified

UPDATED: Wednesday, June 14, 4 p.m.

Anza resident Jonathan Barksdale lost control of his 2007 Mustang, causing his vehicle to leave the roadway. Miguel Shannon photo

AGUANGA — Two Anza residents died when a vehicle they were in lost control, hit a large boulder and flipped, end-over-end, before landing on its roof Tuesday, June 13. The crash went un-noticed until later in the morning when someone spotted the wrecked vehicle off SR-371, just east of Lakeshore Boulevard in the unincorporated community of Anza.

Coroner officials later identified the victims as 28-Year-old, Jonathan Barksdale and 26-year-old, Jacob Szymanski.

California Highway Patrol and Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire officials responded to the scene just after 7 a.m., after a passing motorist noticed the blue, 2007 Ford Mustang upside-down in a field, north of SR-371.

When they arrived, firefighter/paramedics quickly determined both men had been ejected from the vehicle. Both sustained major, traumatic injuries and had already succumbed to their injuries. Paramedics pronounced the victims dead at 7:10 a.m.

Both occupants were ejected from the vehicle. Miguel Shannon photo

CHP officers investigated the accident and determined the collision happened sometime in the “early-morning hours.”

Their investigation revealed Barksdale was driving the Mustang eastbound on SR-371 just east of Lakeshore Boulevard “at a high rate of speed,” CHP Public Information Officer Mike Lassig explained.

In spite of a sweeping curve in the roadway and a posted 50 mph precautionary road sign, Barksdale “failed to properly negotiate the curve in the roadway, crossed over the opposing westbound traffic lane and traveled off of the north roadway edge of SR-371,” said Lassig.

After leaving the northern edge of SR-371 the Mustang continued, out of control, “where it collided with a large boulder approximately twenty-five feet from the roadway,” Lassig explained. The impact “caused the Mustang to vault into the air.”

Both men were ejected before the vehicle came crashing down on its roof, upside down.

Officials have not yet determined what time the crash actually happened, pending further investigation.

Alcohol or drug intoxication have not been ruled out, pending toxicology results.

CHP’s investigation into the accident is active and ongoing.

 

UPDATED: June 14, 7:10 a.m.

Two people killed in a crash near Anza have been identified by the Riverside County Coroner’s Office as Jonathan Barksdale, 28, and Jacob Szymanski, 26, both were Anza residents.

The two died when they vehicle they were in lost control off Highway 371, just east of Lakeshore Boulevard.

Original Story:

Trevor Montgomery

valleystaff@reedermedia.com

AGUANGA — Two Anza residents died when a vehicle they were in lost control, hit a large boulder and flipped before landing on its roof Tuesday, June 13. The crash was not noticed until later in the morning when someone spotted the wrecked vehicle off Highway 371, just east of Lakeshore Boulevard in the unincorporated community of Anza.

Officials have not released the names of the 26 and 28-year-old victims, pending notification of their families.

California Highway Patrol and Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire officials responded to the scene just after 7 a.m., after a passing motorist noticed the 2007 Ford Mustang upside-down in a field, north of Highway 371.

When they arrived, firefighter/paramedics quickly determined both men had sustained major, traumatic injuries and had already succumbed to their injuries. Paramedics pronounced both victims dead at 7:10 a.m.

CHP officers investigated the accident and determined the collision happened sometime in the “early-morning hours.”

Their investigation revealed the 28-year-old male driver was driving the Mustang eastbound on SR-371 just east of Lakeshore Boulevard “at a high rate of speed,” CHP Pubic Information Officer Mike Lassig explained.

In spite of a sweeping curve in the roadway and a posted 50 mph precautionary road sign, the driver “failed to properly negotiate the curve in the roadway, crossed over the opposing westbound traffic lane and traveled off of the north roadway edge of SR-371,” said Lassig.

After leaving the northern edge of SR-371 the Mustang continued, out of control, “where it collided with a large boulder approximately twenty-five feet from the roadway,” Lassig explained. The impact “caused the Mustang to vault into the air” before crashing down on its roof, upside down.

Officials have not yet determined what time the crash actually happened, pending further investigation.

CHP’s investigation into the accident is active and ongoing.

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