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CHP: Last Minute Lane Change Likely Cause of 4 Car Crash at Beaumont Ave.

A four car chain-reaction crash temporarily blocked traffic on the westbound Beaumont Ave. exit from Interstate 10 Wednesday, but no one was hurt.

Two cars were totaled and two others were damaged Wednesday in a chain-reaction car crash in Beaumont that temporarily blocked traffic.

The crash happened at around 1:35 p.m. on the westbound I-10 off-ramp at Beaumont Avenue when a woman apparently made a last minute decision to exit the freeway, according to California Highway Patrol officers on scene.

Not having enough time to slow down at the off-ramp, the woman slammed into a black Hyundai sedan, totaling it, CHP Officer Roland Burgess told Banning-Beaumont Patch.  

The driver of that car, Menifee resident Rob Keenan, told Patch that he saw the woman coming and tried to get out of the way-- but couldn't get to the side fast enough.  Keenan said he had just bought his car three weeks ago.

The woman's car then hit a Toyota pick-up, which in turn slammed into another sedan, Burgess said.  Both those cars were damaged, but could be driven away from the scene.

Though the case is still under investigation, witnesses said the woman may have been driving faster than the speed limit when she decided to exit, CHP said.

 

 

Mariana Zuelsdorf October 18, 2012 at 03:41 AM
I have seen so many people wait until the last minute to zip across 3 lanes to the off-ramp. I'm glad that no one was killed bur feel especially bad for the Hyunda owner. What a helpless situation!
concerned citizen October 18, 2012 at 03:53 AM
So sick of stupid people. They act like if they are going to miss their off ramp, that the whole world is going to end. It never occurs to these idiots to get off at the next off ramp. Hope the drivers of the other 3 cars sue her for everything she has.
Mariana Zuelsdorf October 18, 2012 at 06:12 AM
I don't believe in suing someone but I sure hope the gentleman's car is replaced and the other two repaired. Watching the car that will inevitably hit you; gives me the shivers just thinking about it. Hope the woman has insurance.
Washy October 18, 2012 at 11:18 AM
She nearly missed us as she took over the right lane to get off. No blinker no looking over shoulder.....we drove on down the 10 joking that she must have mayhem as a GPS......Didn't realize how right we were. Something I don't think some people think while driving....YOU ARE NOT THE ONLY ONE ON THE ROAD.....IF YOU MISS A STREET YOU CAN TURN AROUND
Washy October 18, 2012 at 11:22 AM
If they are hurt...they can sue for three times their medical bills plus the cost of lost property only and if the only damage is property they will only be made whole. I am glad for this law as people who get boo boos or scratched cars should not be the dealers of justice....I hope she got some wreck-less driving tickets that will get her where it hurts...cost about as much as a first DUI
concerned citizen October 18, 2012 at 06:01 PM
I don't believe in frivolous lawssuits. This is not a frivolous case. This woman could have killed several people just because she was going to be inconvienced by missing her exit and having to go to the next exit. And now she has put a hardship on innocent people. She deserves to be sued for everything.
Mariana Zuelsdorf October 18, 2012 at 09:31 PM
In part I agree, CC. And Washy, I'm thankful she didn't hit you! No excuses, especially if she is a local who knows the area. Too many accidents on the I-10 in Beaumont

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