Murrieta Man Dies in Motorcycle Crash on Clinton Keith

Jon Boehning, 47, died Sunday afternoon when his motorcycle was struck head-on by a pickup truck, authorities said.

UPDATE 10:30 a.m. Aug. 15: The driver in a crash that killed a Murrieta man Sunday was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, authorities said today.

Jose Lujan, 30, of Vista, was contacted at the scene and detained on suspicion of DUI and gross vehicular manslaughter, Riverside County sheriff's Sgt. Steve de la Vara said in news release.

In addition, Lujan is suspected of driving without a license and driving at a speed in excess of 55 mph.

He was being held at the Southwest Detention Center in lieu of $500,000 bail.

--Maggie Avants


A Murrieta man died of injuries suffered in a motorcyle crash with a pickup truck near the border of Murrieta and Wildomar today.

The crash was reported about 3:15 p.m. on Clinton Keith Road, west of Palomar Street, according to sheriff's officials.

The victim, Jon Boehning, 47, of Murrieta was taken to Inland Valley Regional Medical Center, where he died less than two hours later, according to a coroner's report.

The wrecked bike and subsequent investigation forced closure of Palomar Street for hours.

Waleed Kahalil, 46, who manages the 24-hour Bear Valley Ranch Market on Clinton Keith and Palomar, said most of the businesses near his closed for the day once sheriff's deputies closed off the street.

He said became alarmed when the noise of the crash reached him.

“I heard the crash and went outside right away,” Kahalil said.

“I ran all the way to the accident site…and saw the man shaking on the ground.”

According to Kahalil, motorists immediately got out of their vehicles and began directing traffic, while two men--one identified himself as a paramedic and the other as a firefighter--began CPR on the victim.

“He was in bad shape," said Kahalil, shaking his head.

Maggie Avants contibuted to this report.

JJ Mclure August 15, 2011 at 01:09 PM
type of pickup those punks drive
Rob August 15, 2011 at 02:19 PM
Terrible tragedy. RIP that interserction - I pulled out of tf Crivello's and was pulling to a red light on that corner when a truck like this one nearly rear ended us. I had to swerve into the left turn lane to avoid him. I think some people do not realize the speed as they go downhill.
Cathy Neumann-Bearse August 15, 2011 at 02:31 PM
Sorry, I just feel like there is a gaping whole here ... what about the driver who hit him?
shirley cantrell August 15, 2011 at 04:54 PM
this ia my grandson by marriage. an awesome person . he leaves two young sons and a wife who had hip surgery two weeks ago, it tears us up that people would drink and drive. it should happen to them. shirley cantrell, springfield, oregom
Maggie Avants (Editor) August 15, 2011 at 06:00 PM
Cathy, that information was not available late last night, but has been updated in the story now.
Maggie Avants (Editor) August 15, 2011 at 06:00 PM
Yes, the story has been updated to reflect that information now.
Rob August 15, 2011 at 06:02 PM
I am sorry for your loss. I pray you find strength and guidance in your faith and family.
Christian Lanzi August 15, 2011 at 08:18 PM
J Carabine August 15, 2011 at 09:10 PM
Shirley, I am sorry for your loss, your family's loss. Such a tragedy ! Don't drink and drive ! The lives you change are changed forever. This family does not deserve this pain. The drunk's family does not deserve this pain either.
Mindy Shaw-Gray August 15, 2011 at 10:17 PM
Jon will truly be missed by several people. He was a great friend of my husbands and we both enjoyed spending time with Jon, his wife and their two young boys. Please keep Jon and his family in your prayers.....
dg August 16, 2011 at 12:34 AM
so what about the driver who killed Dick Johnson on Clinton Keith? His name seems to escape the news...wierd
Sheri August 16, 2011 at 01:23 AM
My family and I will keep Jon's family in our thoughts and prayers. My daughters and I drove past the accident just moments after and seeing that there were competent people helping we called 911 and begged for quick medical response and then pulled over and prayed. How can we help Jon's family?
Cara August 16, 2011 at 04:45 AM
Now that you mention,......whats up with that?
Gina August 16, 2011 at 05:32 AM
My thoughts are with the family of the man who lost his life at the hands of a drunk driver. I also cannot help but wonder if he might have survived if he had not been on a motorcycle? My husband had one until we got pregnant with our first child. After that they are not worth the risk. 4 years later his best friend was killed while riding the very same bike. That loss was huge for us because we loved him dearly. Now each time I see a man or woman on a motorcycle I want to walk up and just beg them to be safe. People who have young children shouldn't take the risk of riding a motorcycle... I hope others can learn from not only this man but my husbands friend. Both dearly missed.
Barbara August 16, 2011 at 01:53 PM
R.I.P Jon You Will Be Missed. Neighbor of my daughter & Son-n-law. It baffles me to why the INNOCENT are taken from us, While the Drunk Drivers Lives!!! Makes my stomach SICK !! Our Prayers, Thoughts, Strength, & Love are with Jon's Family.
Helen August 16, 2011 at 03:50 PM
This is so sad, R.I.P Jon, my prayers thoughts and love are with u Dawn, Zach and Alex,and i hope the Drunk Driver gets everything he deserves, it sickens me to take a life like this
Lisa August 16, 2011 at 04:31 PM
My thoughts and prayers go out to the family who lost a devoted father and husband. By one drunk's selfish act a life was lost. The only solace this family will have is seeing the drunk driver charged as a criminal and knowing he has to live everyday of the rest of his life with the notion he has taken a precious life . R.I.P Jon.
Christy Bailey August 16, 2011 at 05:13 PM
Maddie August 17, 2011 at 12:22 AM
I am so sorry for ur loss. My prayers are with you. Wish I had words to comfort you. I know only God can now. With love, Maddie
TMI August 17, 2011 at 02:44 AM
A very unfortunate loss. Hopefully the Riverside County Sherifs will increase patrols on the roads to and up on the Santa Rosa Plateau. The cars and usual work trucks that commute easily top 70mph on the way down the hill and exceed the limit on the way up. One detail missing in this article Maggie; What is the 30yr old Mr Lujan's immigration status?
Chris August 17, 2011 at 05:54 PM
Several different agencies are responsible in that area. City of Wildomar is responsible for staffing levels there at Palomar where the collision occurred, Murrieta PD has Clinton Keith from Grand to the city limits approaching the fire station, then it's CHP once you get up by the Santa Rosa Plateau.
TMI August 18, 2011 at 01:15 AM
I thought it was Murrieta vs Wildomar on Clinton Kieth. Maybe The road is the border of the cities. I know from the fire station up the hill is county land vs city property. Either way the responsible agencies need to up their focus on safety in the area. If what you say is true all three agencies could focus some officers in the area once or twice a month, maybe on the same day, and definitly during commuting hours, and that would give the residents from up the hill that they need to slow down when commuting.
The Business... I;II August 19, 2011 at 07:36 PM
what does the type of truck have to do with anything its a stock toyota :/
The Business... I;II August 19, 2011 at 07:39 PM
Jose Lojan (30) its up in the story
The Business... I;II August 19, 2011 at 07:43 PM
there are always cops right there!! it was accident $h!t happens. you must have no idea where this is.. Palomar runs from wildomar to murrieta or vise vs.
The Business... I;II August 19, 2011 at 07:45 PM
and cops cant stop people from hitting people. RIP to the loss in your family & stay stronge to the family of the driver!
Bart August 20, 2011 at 04:57 AM
We have a big problem! First Dick Johnson then Jon Boehning killed by a drunk driver on Clinton Keith within approx. one month. Dick & Jon were headed west on Clinton Keith (up the hill). My question is? Where were these drunk drivers headed from? La Cresta?
veronica August 25, 2011 at 05:12 PM
sorry for ur loss and god give u strength
TMI October 26, 2011 at 04:41 AM
A radar equipped police officer in the turnout on the road up to the plateau would work nicely. They could radio up the hill to give tickets at the stop sign. Another at the bottom by the fire station would be great. It would slow down the drivers and net some needed revenue as well.
Chris October 26, 2011 at 07:49 PM
Most agencies allow for traffic enforcement requests and have enforcement cards, etc., that can be submitted requesting additional patrol due to traffic complaints. A request with Temecula area CHP for the county area by the plateau, Murrieta PD for their portion from Bear Creek down to Grand, and the Lake Elsinore sheriff's station for the Wildomar portion might help get what you suggest off the ground.


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