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Murrieta Man Hit By Car While Out Walking Dogs; Vehicle Flees the Scene

The hit-and-run happened about 6:20 p.m. Wednesday on Tarragona Drive, near Almansa Court, according to Murrieta police.

Approximate location of crash.  Courtesy: Google Maps
Approximate location of crash. Courtesy: Google Maps

A Murrieta man Thursday was recovering from injuries he suffered when struck by a motorist, in what the victim described as a deliberate assault.

The hit-and-run happened about 6:20 p.m. Wednesday on Tarragona Drive, near Almansa Court, according to Murrieta police.

The victim, whose identity was not disclosed, told police he was walking his two dogs, going westbound on Tarragona, when a white sedan approached from behind.

According to the pedestrian, the vehicle slowed as it passed him, then the driver proceeded to Almansa, where he made an abrupt U-turn.

"The driver of the sedan drove directly toward the victim, drove up the curb and onto the sidewalk," said Murrieta police Sgt. Phil Gomez. "The vehicle struck the victim on his left side and sped away toward Jacante Drive."

The man called 911, and police arrived moments later but did not locate the vehicle.

According to Gomez, the victim was treated at the scene by paramedics but had his wife drive him to the hospital for treatment of non-life- threatening injuries. The dogs weren't hurt.

The sedan resembled a 2000 model BMW, but investigators weren't certain of the exact make, Gomez said.

Anyone with information was urged to call Gomez at (951) 461-6356.

– City News Service.

Serious Sam February 08, 2014 at 07:20 AM
There are certainly more than two possibilities. 1. The driver knew the man and was made at him. Unlikely because the driver would likely be recognized. ...... 2. The driver dislikes dogs and was aiming at the dogs. ..... 3. The dogs pooped on the driver's yard and the man walking the dogs did not pick it up. But the driver did not have an argument with the victim about it, or else the driver would know he would be identified. ..... 4. The driver had several beers and inhibited his ability to think clearly about the seriousness of what he was doing. 5. The driver has serious an anger management problem. 6. Many more possibilities.
Serious Sam February 08, 2014 at 07:34 AM
The article does not say whether the incident occurred on Tarragona Dr. between Jacarte/Castile and Medina or between Medina and Almansa Ct. Either could be the case with the U-turn being made at Almansa Ct. --------------------- It does not say whether the man walking the dogs or the driver of the white car came down from Medina or came from Jacarte/Castile before it slowly passed the victim. ------- This would make a difference in the more likely places to look in finding the driver of the white car.
Serious Sam February 08, 2014 at 08:33 AM
Throwing Beer Cans at cars is dangerous and against the law. A Murrieta man that allegedly had been drinking beer threw a can of beer at a car driving by. The Murrieta car driver who previously had some problems with anger management turned his car around to confront the man verbally. They exchanged words, then the two got into a fight. ....... The driver could have ignored it completely and gone on to an activity with his passenger friend. He was already doing better at his self control, and getter better friends and concentrating on doing things society approves of. ..... I do not know whether or not the police would have responded to a complaint against the man throwing the can of beer at the car for that. ..... But the police definitely did respond to the fight call. The driver was sentenced to six years in state prison. ...... Even though with his real good behavior in prison he had to serve 85% of the time because it involved violence. ...... I suggest the school district include some anger management classes. this could also reduce domestic violence. Both should result in lower costs for police services. .......................... The driver in this article may face serious charges for what he/she did. ..... The article did not state whether it appeared a man, woman or youth was driving the car, nor whether race might be involved.
DH619 February 08, 2014 at 09:15 AM
We make such fools of ourselves on this forum it's scary. I moved to Murrietta to be around solid up standing families. When I'm at the stores and malls people seem quite friendly or at least respectful. Low crime, good schools and most people have jobs with a large amount being in the military. However in contrast these posts end up with raging arguments loaded with bigotry, sexism, and threats of violence and disrespect. Are we truly who we make others to believe we are or does the keyboard give us a shield to abuse others with little repercussion? Stay on topic or stay off the site please. Go with the info as presented and stop drumming up scenarios.
Thresher 200 February 08, 2014 at 09:36 AM
I really believe in the case of the victim walking the dogs, the victim must have made a gesture, or said something to the person in the car. Strangers, especially in Murrieta, don't normally run somebody down unless there is a reason. There is still no excuse for what the driver did. "...for every action, there is an equal, but opposite reaction," as the saying goes.
Thresher 200 February 08, 2014 at 09:43 AM
Always PO'd, I know that cars don't drive themselves, people drive cars, which makes them dangerous. I'm not sure why the guy threw a beer at me. I imagine the beer was meant for the group, and I was in the middle of the group. The driver probably didn't notice our patches, but knew we had patches. As he was drinking, he probably thought we were part of a 1%er Motorcycle Club, and decided to display his anger. A real club would've chased him down and put him in the hospital.
Aaron Powers February 08, 2014 at 01:08 PM
@DH LOL, you gotta put it in perspective. There's about a couple dozen people on this board who habitually post. Some of these people are actually the same person, just with different names. Even so, that's about 25 out of 250,000 people living in the Murrieta/Temecula area. Like everyone that's on here, we're not necessarily here for the news, more so to prove how we're smarter/better than everyone else.
ChrisG February 08, 2014 at 01:35 PM
@aaron, how many names do you post under? I love it people bitch about stuff like this. If the comments are a problem for you don't read them.
Steve Newman February 08, 2014 at 04:05 PM
ChrisG- amen to that- I see "red flag boy' is at it again posting under my name with things people who know me know I would never post. That is the person that should be removed with extreme prejudice. No guts for that boy- just a red flag.
Steve Newman February 08, 2014 at 04:16 PM
Thresher 200 how did you know the driver was drinking? Did you see him drink from the beer before he threw it? And what patches do you have that had he seen them he would not have thrown the beer can?
Steve Newman February 08, 2014 at 04:20 PM
Thrasher- so if you flip some guy off in a car it gives him permission to try to run you over? No anger management problems there are there. Kind of like pulling up along side an SUV and breaking the outside mirror off because I might be driving.
Thresher 200 February 08, 2014 at 05:39 PM
Steve, I'll apply a couple of issues here regarding motorcycles vs cages. First of all, kicking the sh*t out of a cage or busting windows, mirrors, etc. is highly illegal and remembering that cages are bigger and heavier than most motorcycles; could be hazardous to the biker's health. For those reasons, I don't play those games on the road, albeit it's tempting. As far as the cage operator throwing a half a beer at me/us, he was the only person in the car, and I don't believe anyone would carry a half a beer just to throw at bikers. I believe I'm justified to say he was drinking. We belong to an innocuous Veteran's motorcycle group (not even a club) and I believe the person in the cage mistook our patches for an M/C. Other than that, there's no other reason other than he wanted to share his beer with us. It was a Coors too....god, I hate Coors... The name is Tresher...not Trasher... like the fish. Nobody has a right to run someone else over, even if that person is an illegal alien, Democrat, Veteran, or retired LAPD. That's called Assault and Battery with a deadly weapon, right? Motorcycles, SUVs or bicycles, it doesn't matter.
cinnaboninja February 08, 2014 at 05:41 PM
Quick thing! The guy who got hit is my dad, and he's doing well. The dogs are fine, and he's up and working. He only got a fracture in the fibula and tibia.
ChrisG February 08, 2014 at 06:33 PM
@cinnabons, good to hear! Anything you can add to this story?
Aaron Powers February 08, 2014 at 06:44 PM
@ChrisG. I only post under one name. Although I have to admit I was quite jealous of the person who came up with Lil Wayne. That was pretty good. I actually thought I should dual post, perhaps under the alias of Chief Keef or Rich Homie Quan. But, my guilty conscience got in the way.
Sbsp February 09, 2014 at 03:57 AM
Yea pretty much everyone that you see frequent posting is the same person/persons..They want to act like they aren't, but I actually know they are. Lets just say I have resources. They think they're smarter than everyone as stated above, Yet they're so blinded by their opinions and self beliefs that their posts on this site have value/weight that they can't even see that in reality the fact that I can have the same name as them goes to show how pointless their opinions and random conversations (with themselves half the time) are..
Jeff Kleiner February 09, 2014 at 09:25 AM
Steve, now you can relate to why I legally went after your best friend. It's horrible when someone puts not just a bad light but a horrendous light on posts with your name attached. The bad part is you encouraged it, all over a difference of political opinion....pretty bad both the impersonating and the encouraging. Makes the persons real posts less meaningful......
Steve Newman February 09, 2014 at 04:51 PM
Thresher200- you are right- sorry for mangling your stage name.
Steve Newman February 09, 2014 at 04:56 PM
Flag boy 28 posts- really you have sources- wow what are you the NSA. Get a grip and a life. I too have sources and can track you down and deal with you. In my own special way. So give it a rest and stay healthy.
Steve Newman February 09, 2014 at 04:57 PM
Jeff- it is probably you anyhow- you have sources at the Patch, right? RLMAO
Jeff Kleiner February 09, 2014 at 08:13 PM
No, I know Maggie and I used to know her boss, but they have all left. I am in the midst of a legal fight, I am not ever going to risk it be impersonating you.....think before you accuse.
Jeff Kleiner February 09, 2014 at 08:15 PM
Hey Flag Boy....really, we have all had enough......drop the impersonation garbage.....it is against the law to impersonate someone and AOL, the Patch owners, with a warrant can give Steve or anyone else your name.....so does us all a favor and leave.
Jeff Kleiner February 09, 2014 at 08:16 PM
Thresher 200 February 09, 2014 at 09:11 PM
Honestly Kleiner, nobody cares. Should we broadcast everywhere that you're a fucking idiot?
Sbsp February 12, 2014 at 02:29 AM
Track me down then. Hollow threats are meaningless. Deal with me as you said. When it comes to it you think I'm someone I'm not. So it goes to show me how idiotic you are. Now you're threatening me. Your the lifeless one on here.
Steve Newman February 12, 2014 at 02:49 AM
sBsp- who cares- blah, blah blah- you are boring- and ammo costs money.
Allen G February 13, 2014 at 03:13 AM
the murrieta patch is ran mostly by trolls who have multiple accounts and they all cheer for their local corrupt system.
Sbsp February 13, 2014 at 03:15 AM
Steve your pathetic.
Steve Newman February 13, 2014 at 07:22 PM
SBSP- again -blah blah blah- be a man and go do yourself-nobody will miss you except Jeff .
Narin Stevenson February 25, 2014 at 11:37 AM
Wait a minute isn't this the second case of someone deliberately hitting a pedestrian on the sidewalk... ? What the heck is wrong with people? I've lived here since 1990 and we never had problems like we have in the past couple years... :(


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