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CHP: Wrong Way Drunken Driver Behind Deadly Head-On Crash in Winchester

A Banning man died in a weekend crash near Menifee, after his vehicle was hit by a suspected drunken driver, according to the CHP and coroner's reports.

The Scene late Saturday night. (Credit: Joe Fanaselle)
The Scene late Saturday night. (Credit: Joe Fanaselle)

A suspected wrong-way drunken driver plowed his car head- on into an oncoming vehicle on Domenigoni Parkway, killing one person in the second car and badly hurting a 4-year-old girl in it, officials report.

Gerardo Cornejo, 20, of Nuevo, reportedly crossed over into the eastbound lanes, just west of Leon Road in the Winchester area. It was reported at about 10:05 p.m. Saturday.

Cornejo's 1994 Honda Civic slammed into a 2007 Suzuki RX4 that had three people in it. The front passenger, Amos Yang, 27, of Banning, was taken to Menifee Valley Medical Center, where he died.

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A four-year-old passenger in the Suzuki's back seat, Claire Yang, also of Banning, was taken to Inland Valley Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries, according to the CHP. It was not known if the two passengers were related.

The driver of the Sukuki, Pa Thao, 27, of Banning, suffered major injuries and was taken to Inland Valley Medical Center. Her medical condition was not immediately known.

Cornejo's Civic also hit a Dodge Ram pickup truck, and the two people in it had minor injuries.

Cornejo was taken to Inland Valley Medical Center for treatment of major injuries and was arrested for suspicion of drunken driving, the CHP said.

—City News Service.
Infidel Jones February 24, 2014 at 10:40 PM
Per usual, the typical neo-prohibitionists will weigh in with their asinine calls for even stricter draconian laws and UNCONSTITUTIONAL checkpoints...but all these absurdly low blood alcohol limits and outrageous, extortionist fines do is punish the "average citizen." These measures DON'T deter the sort of people who drive the wrong way on the freeway while in a near-comatose state! All told, the harm caused by BIG GOV'T. and its BIG LAWS outweighs even the terrible tragedy caused by nutcases who plow into others like this.
john blackwood February 25, 2014 at 05:41 AM
If one single American is willing to give up his freedom and constitutional rights , By allowing the governments to act as a false sense of security does not deserve to be free but a slave of the government. No were in the constitution does it say that wevard entitled to be protected by the police . Thats why we have the 2nd amendment. Ss far as checkpoints , cameras , speed traps .I have the right go travel to and from with out being molested or harassed .As long as I dont hurt anyone else or ones property .I have the right to travel as fast ss I want .As long as I do not damGe or hurt someone else .If such happens then it will be litigated bythe court of law Iif such a crime is committed.
southernbelle February 25, 2014 at 11:12 AM
@Infidel--that outrageously low alcohol limit and exuberant fine has deterred both my husband and I, our entire adult lives, from drinking and driving. Maybe we're the only 2 average citizens in America, but….worked for us. And my truth is, I KNOW for a fact I couldn't get behind a wheel after 1 glass of wine and drive like I do completely sober. Could I drive…sure, I could mechanically operate my vehicle. But I know that I am feeling tipsy, which means that somehow, in some way my judgement would be impaired. It's never been worth the risk to us. I think that is the bottom line of it--is drinking and driving worth it to the person who makes the choice to do it. If so, they ought to consider and evaluate their self control issues.
Deborah February 25, 2014 at 05:42 PM
Soapbox much southernbelle?
southernbelle March 01, 2014 at 02:48 AM
@deborah- kettle. black. much?

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