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An alleged drug-induced Canyon Lake crash kills 1, injures 3

It's believed that a motorist's use of drugs may have been a contributing factor to a fatal 5-car crash just 35 miles southwest of San Bernardino the evening of Thursday, Nov. 2. The 6:30 p.m. crash, which occurred in Canyon Lake, killed one and seriously injured another.

According to witnesses, a motorist was seen speeding in the westbound direction along Railroad Canyon toward South Canyon Lake Drive immediately before the crash. As the driver approached the intersection of those two roadways, he reportedly didn't make any attempt to stop. It's then that he crashed into the cars of several other motorists that had begun to build up at the red light.

The day after the accident, a spokesperson with the Riverside County Sheriff's Office released a statement. They acknowledged that they suspected that the speeding motorist, who is believed to have caused the chain reaction crash, had been driving under the influence of drugs at the time it occurred. They didn't, however, reveal whether the individual had yet been placed under arrest.

In all, the accident claimed one motorist's life and seriously injured two. Two others suffered minor injuries. It's unclear what type injuries the victims suffered and whether they are life-threatening. Cal Fire did have to extricate at least two of the drivers, who'd become trapped inside their cars, using a Jaws of Life, though.

If you've been struck and injured in a vehicle crash by what's thought to have been a drunk or drugged driver, then a San Bernardino car accident attorney may advise you of your right to file an injury lawsuit in your case.

Source: San Bernardino Sun, "Drugs appear to be a factor in Canyon Lake fatal 5-vehicle crash," Jim Steinberg, Nov. 02, 2017

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