2 Dies, 3 Injured in Moreno Valley Crash on Moreno Valley (60) Freeway near Gilman Springs Road; Mitchell Finesod Arrested
Moreno Valley, California (September 6, 2019) – Mitchell Finesod, 55, of Cathedral City, has been arrested after a traffic accident that left two people dead and three others injured in the Badlands area Thursday afternoon, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The fatal crash, which was reported at around 1:10 p.m. Thursday, September 5, happened on the Moreno Valley (60) Freeway between Gilman Springs Road and Jack Rabbit Trail.
According to a California Highway Patrol report, Finesod was driving a white 1993 Corvette on the westbound lanes of SR 60 when he allegedly tried to pass slow traffic at a construction zone. Witnesses told the authorities that the Corvette illegally overtake vehicles on the right shoulder.
As Finesod attempted to pass a big rig, his Corvette clipped the right front wheel of the big rig. The force of the impact caused Finesod to lose control of his vehicle and traveled towards the center median k-rail where it collided with a black Jaguar SUV that was traveling eastbound on SR 60.
The male driver and a female left rear passenger of the SUV were pronounced dead at the scene. Their names have not been disclosed pending identification and notification of next of kin.
The right front and rear passengers of the SUV sustained non-life threatening injuries and were taken to a hospital.
Finesod was taken to Riverside University Health System Hospital in Moreno Valley with non-life threatening injuries. The CHP said Finesod is currently in custody
Both sided of the 60 Freeway were closed for three hours following the crash. As of 4:30 p.m. both sides of the highway were opened.
No further details were given regarding the crash.
An investigation into the accident is underway.