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Coroner Releases Names Of 2 Dead In Lakeland Village DUI Crash

William Messermore, 40, was behind the wheel of a charcoal Toyota pickup truck when he collided head on into a white Plymouth Neon driven by 25-year-old Mathew Camilli.

The Riverside County Coroner’s Office has released the names of the two men who died in Tuesday night’s head-on crash in Lakeland Village.

William Messermore, 40, was behind the wheel of a charcoal Toyota pickup truck when he collided head on into a white Plymouth Neon driven by 25-year-old Mathew Camilli.

Both Lake Elsinore men were pronounced dead at the scene moments after impact.

The crash was reported a 5:51 p.m. at Grand Avenue and Adelfa in Lakeland.

According to California Highway Patrol Officer Brian Keene who was at the scene, before the crash witnesses reported seeing a man -- later identified as Messermore -- and his passenger at a nearby thrift store. The men were looking for a microwave oven to purchase, and they were staggering, their speech was slurred, and they had Budweiser beers in their hands, the officer confirmed.

The men then got in the truck, headed southbound on Grand Avenue traveling in the center turn lane at a high rate of speed, Keene said. Camilli was stopped in the Neon in the turn lane facing northbound when the truck smashed into him at 70 to 80 mph, Keene said.

Messermore was not wearing a safety belt; Camilli was restrained, Keene said.

Messermore’s passenger sustained moderate injuries and was transported to Inland Valley Medical Center with moderate injuries; he was wearing a safety belt at the time of the crash, Keene said.

No other injuries were reported.

Grand Avenue was shut down for several hours in both directions as a result of the crash.

Robin Kane January 31, 2013 at 04:58 AM
So very sad. My heart goes out to the entire Camilli family. R.I.P. Matt
jennifer camilli January 31, 2013 at 04:58 AM
im leaving in the morning with our mom. how would we start a fund for something like this? Somehow this needs to stop. to many innocent people lose there lives every year to drunkin idiots. We have hurd from alot of family & friends today. We thank you all for the prayers. We are all hurting inside. Louis feels like a part of him is missing and that hurtd so bad to hear him say that. they have never missed a birthday together, they worker @ the same job and didnt live to far from eachother. i love my family & i know we will get through this. again thank you all.
Koenig January 31, 2013 at 07:08 AM
Grand needs street lights, and a visable painted street to travel on, that would help everyone.
A mom who cares January 31, 2013 at 07:15 AM
Sorry for your loss, I can't believe that no one did there civic duty and call on these losers drinking & driving.....I live here and see this crap and I am on my cell getting these losers slash murders off the road.... Will keep your family in my thoughts. RIP Matt
Koenig January 31, 2013 at 07:15 AM
Jennifer, if I can help in any way, please let me know. Susan Koenig. Littlekitten22@yahoo.com. I was at the accident.
Saddened January 31, 2013 at 07:17 AM
Once again Tanya did you read anywhere that it says the owners of the thrift store did not call cause I didn't read that second this story is not complete yes this man approached the thrift store but did not go in because it was closing and they wouldn't allow them in. Patch is very quick at posting stories which is great but they don't always get the entire story! There is much more to where this man came from directly prior to the accident. It's crazy how you are asking why didn't the thrift store call when you don't know if they did. It is one persons fault and that's the man who drove drunk ! It's amazing how people choose to judge and slap blame
MY HEART GOES OUT TO MATTS FAMILY AND FRIENDS January 31, 2013 at 12:22 PM
So sorry for the family matt leaves behind. But i have reported four drunk drivers and got no help from the chp or sheriff. I guess we must defend ourselves from the dui drivers the always put back out on our streets.
Heather Vavao January 31, 2013 at 03:25 PM
Jennifer I just lost my brother in law in a car accident. We set up a fundraiser on Facebook and raised around $7000. The website is gofundme.com. It's very easy to set up. I know the horrific pain you are going through and I wish it on no one. Many prayers to you and your family, so sorry for your loss.
Diana January 31, 2013 at 04:29 PM
saddened who do you think your talking to ? shut up with your blame game antics. Bottom line 2 babies wont know their dad, a twin lost his soulmate, 2 families destroyed by YOUR FRIENDS IRRASPONSIBILE CHOICES . I wonder if the owner of the truck was your friend also? smh. maybe you should have better friends. again I will say post your pathetic excuses on their wall as this tragic unavoidable story is about a youg man dad son brother father friend who lost his life due to the choices YOUR FRIEND MADE!
Reverend Smith January 31, 2013 at 04:57 PM
Well I wonder which thrift shop the drunk drivers were coming from down there on Grand somewhere. What kind of a thrift shop allows a customer to stumble around and chug-a-lug a brew while he's checking out microwaves.
juan January 31, 2013 at 05:07 PM
I drive every morning about 530am through grand street to ortega highway its a race track everyone going 60 70 80 miles an hour to get to ortega same stupid people whatch out people!!!!
Tanya Strobl January 31, 2013 at 05:12 PM
Well "Saddened" It seems as though your main focus is the "Thrift Store" when the main focus should be Matt and his grieving family. Not once have I seen you say to the family your sorry for their loss you just keep defending the "Thrift Store" again a young Father Husband Son Brother & Friend is gone never to return.
Garcia310 January 31, 2013 at 05:37 PM
Jennifer, we dont know one another but I know what your going through. Losing a brother is hard in my case i lost my closest brother out of 8 brothers last year 2/9. The funneral arrangements were left up to my younger brother & I. What we did for a fund raiser was reach out to our family & friends on Facebook. I had people contact me who wanted to make donations directly to my bank and others mailed it. Good luck! God Bless Matts Family & Friends.
Neighbor January 31, 2013 at 06:11 PM
I am so sorry. I had my blinker on to turn into my private drive off Grand at Aldelfa and saw Matt's car pull into the center lane to wait for me to turn into my drive. I was lucky, he was not. It happened so fast. And the time was correct for 5:51 pm, I get off work at 530 off Clinton Keith and it takes me 20 mins to get home. My condolences to his family and friend, so sad.
California Girl January 31, 2013 at 11:02 PM
HMMM maybe I guess you work for the thrift shop or something!! But no where does it state that the thrift shop called on these two men who were drinking... If the thrift shop saw the two men with beers in their had and they were slurring their words like it says what the thrift store workers told the cops, they why didn't the thrift shop workers stop them from taking off in their truck, like good people who of done!! I know this is not the blame game, but what kind of people don't try to stop someone that they know who is drunk from driving!!! I just don't get it, lives could of been saved, if someone would of stopped them!! It is amazing how someone can not stop someone from driving when they told the cops they saw them with beer in their hands, and they were slurring their words, and stumbling!! HMM....
hic up February 01, 2013 at 05:11 AM
I was on grand that night after returning home late from work I saw the truck speed by me in the center turn lane. There was a lot of traffic that night, I understand people get inpatient but that truck was just on the gas I knew it was no good, he flew by me, a few seconds later I saw the truck oppisite side of the road. Then I passed the car he hit. there where people everywhere trying to help. I witnessed one man banging on the window of the poor man inside the neon telling him its going to be ok. Broke my heart that young man did not deserve it . Those images are forever inbedded in my mind. I am so sorry for your loss. Should have never happened. It was horrible to watch know it is not easy for the family
Sharynn McGee February 01, 2013 at 10:33 AM
I am a friend of Matthew's aunt Cara Camilli. What a tragic loss for such a loving family. My thoughts go out to the entire Camilli family. I can see by reading the previous posts some anger with regard to the thrift store employees. Perhaps we should get the entire story before placing any "blame" remembering drinking & driving is the crime. Cara, my heart hurts for you my dear friend. May God bless and keep you & your loving family in this time of need. You have my number. I am here for you.
CynDar February 01, 2013 at 04:30 PM
Our condolences to Mathew Camilli’s family and friends, words will never make it better or easier but you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Janet Spencer February 01, 2013 at 05:41 PM
Our condolences goes out to the Camilli family, my mom has known this family for 75 years & I have known this family for as long as I can remember.May God be with the family at this time of sorrow. God Bless to all the Camilli family. Let us know if there is anything we can do.
josh camilli February 01, 2013 at 08:42 PM
I am the youngest of the family and I can't belive this happens to Matt I loved him so much and I hope the worst possible thing anyone could imagine to that guy in the depths of hell he took my brother from me now my family will never be whole again when my brother died he took half of my family with him ill never get over this now this is more pain in my heart I have never felt before the hatred for the man who did this overwelms everything I feel n have ever felt
Linda Bartle February 02, 2013 at 02:35 AM
Josh, You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. May God comfort you during this very diffiult time. Please let me know if there is anything we can do.You can contact me at lindajoy52@gmail.com or 951-609-6189. Praying for you all!
dee g. February 02, 2013 at 07:00 AM
Why do people have to drink. Isn't life grand enough without the effects of alcohol taking things away from us, from our families and friends? Find joy in what you have not in how drunk you can get. Perhaps alcohol should be illegal. Perhaps they had in right way back when there was Prohibition. Condolences to the familes. Nothing is harder than losing a child. I lost my oldest boy in 2005 and a day doesn't go by that I do not shed a tear for him. My only consolation is that I am now raising his boy who is all I have left of him. Treasure your memories and love those babies like there is no tomorrow.
Kamil February 02, 2013 at 07:17 AM
I drive on grand ave every day on my way to work in orange county. I see people drive recklessly every day. Today, on my way home, i drove past the spot where the incident occurred and I saw family and friends saying prayers at the grave site. I couldn't help but keep my eyes from watering. My condolences go out to the Camilli family. I cant believe how fragile life is. To the Camilli family, please stay strong and support each other. Mathew will be missed, but he will remain in your hearts forever. I didn't know him, but I know enough to say that his death was too soon. I noticed that someone left a comment about how the blame should solely be on the actual driver of the pick-up truck. There were other comments that were attacking that poster, specifically Diana. Diana, that comment was unnecessary. The user Saddened wasn't defending the thrift store. Do you realize how close the thrift store is to the incident site? No more than 3 minutes. It would have taken more than 3 minutes for a phone to have been made. As far as the thrift store "letting the drunk driver drive," how about instead, the irresponsible drunk driver letting HIMSELF driver. There shouldn't be fingers pointing the blame, instead, blame the only person responsible for his own actions.
California Girl February 02, 2013 at 08:19 AM
We went for a drive tonight on Grand and all around the lake, and their were not a lot of cars out tonight, and the bars were no busy either. But their were a lot of cops out tonight!! I hope this is a eye opener, and it stays this way.. It is sad that it had to happen this way!!
One Voice February 02, 2013 at 04:32 PM
There is NOT a thrift store on Grand, the closest one is on Riverside drive almost to four corners????
California Girl February 02, 2013 at 07:36 PM
There is actually a thrift store on Grand, it is on side by the lake it is a small one, when you drive by your always see baby stuff sitting outside! But still it is called being a responsible citizen to this community and stop someone from driving drunk!! It is common sense!!!!
Kamil February 02, 2013 at 09:07 PM
One Voice, you are either not from the area, or you're not too intelligent. There is one right across the street from the fire station. 17498 Grand Ave Lake Elsinore, CA 92530
big aunt harry mary February 04, 2013 at 09:50 PM
the store owner can not be blamed in any fashion. its not his job to be the police even tho he tried to do something.. 100% of the blame here is on the truck driver. drunk, speeding and passing in the center divider... i have CLOSE FRIENDS who were right there at the point of impact.. they too were passed by this idiot on grand not 10 seconds before the crash. they tried to help but, there wasnt much they could do.. while listening to the passenger of the truck screaming and wanting fight with the people on scene.. drunk as well... its an everyday occurrence on grand. one car going 30 mph and 20 more cars being held up by an inconsiderate driver who likely doesnt use the mirror to see what kind of mess their making behind them.. then we have all these cars wanting to pass the traffic jammer.. this was a case of "im drunk and ill do what i want" .. going 70-80 mph , no one would be going fast enough for this clown. only a few will get stupid enough to pass actually do it knowing its illegal. its too bad one lone youngster had to be in the way of this drunken idiot...
jennifer camilli February 04, 2013 at 11:57 PM
if anyone would like to help our family you can go to this site and donate. It's through my facebook so you know this is real. all our family members appreciate all your prayers. thank you...http://www.gofundme.com/1zd3y0
jennifer camilli February 04, 2013 at 11:58 PM
http://www.gofundme.com/1zd3y0 thats the site. sorry i posted that wrong

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