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UPDATED: One Dead in Brookside Avenue Crash

Beaumont police say that one person died, and a child was hospitalized, in the Beaumont crash.

The scene of the deadly crash on Brookside and Nancy, around 3 p.m. Feb. 28, 2014.  Banning Beaumont Patch Photo by: Renee Schiavone
The scene of the deadly crash on Brookside and Nancy, around 3 p.m. Feb. 28, 2014. Banning Beaumont Patch Photo by: Renee Schiavone
Update 4:30 p.m.: 

More than two hours after a vehicle slammed into a cement pole killing the driver on site, emergency crews were working in the pouring rain to clear the area.

Beaumont Police Commander Sean Thuilliez tells Banning Beaumont Patch that a man died at the scene of the crash, which investigators believe is related to the recent downpours. 

"There was a vehicle traveling eastbound on Brookside Avenue, approaching Nancy, that lost control and crashed into a street light," he said.

An unidentified man and a minor were inside the vehicle at the time, according to Thuilliez.   Previous reports had indicated only one person was inside.

"The minor was not injured but was transported [to the hospital] as a precaution," he said.

Thuilliez said he did not know if the two were traveling to the nearby Brookside Elementary School, which is located just a block away.

As for the road closure in the area, the commander said that cleanup "will take several more hours."  The coroner had yet to arrive on scene as of 4 p.m.

Drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes and avoid Brookside Avenue.


Original story as follows: 

One person has died in a crash along Brookside Avenue, on the border of Cherry Valley and Beaumont, officials report.

Jennifer Fuhrman of the Riverside County Fire Department says a vehicle crashed into a pole at the intersection of Nancy Avenue, at around 2:17 p.m.

"The solo occupant of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene," she said. 

As of 3 p.m., Brookside remained closed in the area.

Additional details about the occupant were not immediately available. 

Banning-Beaumont Patch will continue to update this breaking news story as more details become available.  
beaumontdave March 02, 2014 at 02:20 AM
Ouch. Well, it does come down to perception
Lupe Gonzalez March 02, 2014 at 12:29 PM
Im so sorry and my condolonces too the family and parents. I love our comunity
Gary Gravelin March 02, 2014 at 08:38 PM
My 4 year old son and I were driving that road not an hour before the accident. I said to him as we hit that same area of standing water something like that puddle was deeper than I thought. It's terrifying that we could have been the car that they were covering up. My 6 yo was getting out of school and my 4 yo wanted to see the police lights. We left after i figured out what happened. My sincere condolences to the family.
dave March 03, 2014 at 12:30 AM
2 points for steve J
Arlene A. LeBeauf March 03, 2014 at 05:20 PM
I agree.. why can't they take care of these flooded streets. They have all these new houses, schools and stores but do nothing about the streets. This has been happening for years and years, you would think the planning commission would turn on the light bulbs in their minds..Fix It.. This happened out the back gates from where I reside, I was shocked to see the car there and what had happened..

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