Lake Elsinore Man Killed After Car Stalls In Chino Hills

Lake Elsinore resident Dallas Dunn, 57, died after his stalled vehicle was hit from behind in Chino Hills.

A Lake Elsinore man who had car trouble on State Route 71 has died after his stalled vehicle was rammed from behind while he waited for a tow truck.

Dallas Dunn, 57, was traveling on southbound SR 71 during the late night hours of Sept. 28 when the 2009 Toyota Yaris he was traveling in starting having trouble.

Dunn pulled over to the right shoulder, just north of Butterfield Ranch Road in Chino Hills, and waited inside his vehicle for the tow truck he had called, according to a statement from the San Bernardino County Coroner’s Office.

While waiting for help, another vehicle -- also traveling southbound on State Route 71 – for unknown reasons drifted onto the right shoulder and rear-ended the Yaris, causing it to overturn, the coroner’s office reported.

Dunn was transported to Chino Valley Medical Center where he was pronounced dead Sept. 29 at 1:09 a.m. from injuries sustained in the crash, according to the coroner’s office.

The California Highway Patrol is investigating the incident.

steve October 02, 2012 at 12:36 PM
This happened to me one time my vehicle broke down and was pulled off to the side of the 5 fwy. I had my emergency lights on and as we waited along side fo the freeway, a drunk driver sideswipped my car and crashed into a ditched, then tried to leave. Luckily he was stuck until CHP arrived. That CHP officer told me that to a drunk driver (or person under the unfluence) see's the emergency lights (hazard lights) as a magnet and go right to it. States it is dangerous to have these on.
Chuck October 02, 2012 at 04:50 PM
It's called target fixation. Didn't you ever wonder why a road sign, on a straight stretch of road with nothing for several hundred yards in either direction gets hit? You're driving on I-5 and there is an information sign down, clearly struck by a car with tracks leading right to it. There is nothing on the side of the road for 500 yards behind you and nothing for as far as you can see in front of you, yet some doofuss has run off the road and hit the sign? Why? How did he do that? Naval Aviation calls it target fixation. The Pilot gets so fixated on dropping his payload on the target that he powers his plane right into the target. I've been told that by a CHP officer also when I remarked about him not having his flashers on.
Andria October 02, 2012 at 05:09 PM
The tail lights that the driver puts on to insure he is seen on the shoulder of the road can mislead an altered (drunk, tired) driver. They "follow" the lights thinking they are driving in a traffic lane. Very sad.
LEmom4 October 02, 2012 at 07:14 PM
To Mr. Dunn's family, my thoughts and prayers are with you....To those who have commented, thank you for the useful info! I never thought using hazard lights could put your life in danger!!
Michael October 02, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Same issue going the Vegas if you have to pull off the road turn your car so the taillights are not in direct view, even if your lights are off they reflect the other drivers headlights. That will give you a better shot at getting to where you are going!!
Teller of Truth October 03, 2012 at 01:46 AM
I often wondered why I would read about accidents where the poor guy would run into the ONLY tree off the side of the road for miles & miles. I always thought there was some untold magnetic pull between a tree and a bumper? Anybody know about that one?
Vicky Bradshaw October 05, 2012 at 07:17 AM
He was a dear friend of ours and left behind a wife Kathy who loved him dearly. He was a great man. And we will miss him deeply. Rest in peace our dear friend. Love Vicky and Doc Bradshaw
Vicky Bradshaw October 05, 2012 at 07:24 AM
The young guy fell asleep behind the wheel. Mrs Dunn feels sorry for him because he will remember this the rest of his life that he killed someone. Mrs Dunn is devasted just like the rest of his family and friends. He should have never been taken away. He had a good soul and his wife Kathy loved him very much. This should have never happened.
censored messenger October 05, 2012 at 05:41 PM
It's safer at that time of night to get out of the vehicle and wait safely away from the road entirely. It's sad that we have to live this way, on the lookout for blind drunks..
Teller of Truth October 05, 2012 at 05:49 PM
@Censored Mess, No one was drunk here. Try reading the article AND the comments.
Teller of Truth October 05, 2012 at 05:53 PM
My deepest condolences go out to the Dunn Family & to their friends and other relatives. I hope that in time, you will be able to get past this tragedy and be able to remember all of the good times that you shared together. Celebrate his life and all that he meant until you are reunited again. Take good care of each other.


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