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UPDATE: Man Dies Following Fiery Crash In Wildomar

"I heard a big rumbling. I thought it was an earthquake -- or maybe a car crash."

A motorist who collided with a brick wall early Thursday morning on Grand Avenue in Wildomar has died, authorities are reporting.

The incident was reported at 2:38 a.m. in the 21600 block of the main thoroughfare that runs through Wildomar, Lakeland Village and Lake Elsinore, according to Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department spokeswoman Jody Hagemann.

As of 9:30 a.m. Thursday, deputies from the Wildomar Police Department were still on scene investigating the rollover crash, according to Riverside County Sheriff's Deputy Albert Martinez.

Grand Avenue, between Pasadena and Central, is closed during the investigation, which is expected to continue through 1:30 p.m. today, Martinez said.

The victim’s identity has not been released by authorities, however the Riverside County Coroner’s Office reports it expects to release information shortly. (UPDATE: Since this report was posted, the coroner has released the victim's name. Click here for the story.)

Martinez said the man was in his 20s.

The crash was not the result of any police chase, and it's unknown at this time whether alcohol or drugs played a factor, the deputy reported.

According to Hagemann, the crash was fiery and the man was ejected from the vehicle.

Other vehicles in the vicinity were also damaged, Hagemann said.

According to a Patch reporter on scene at least three other vehicles, as well as the four-door sedan driven by the victim, were damaged.

Wildomar resident Nicole Gaspar, 20, heard the crash and saw the aftermath.

"I heard a big rumbling. I thought it was an earthquake -- or maybe a car crash," she said.

The family ran to a window and saw a car on fire with a body nearby.

"I started shaking," Gaspar said. "I feel bad for the parents of this kid."

Mister RC January 03, 2013 at 06:14 PM
Thank you Rene C for emailing the wildomar patch because I know you wouldn't have reported this. We've tried alerting you in the past but we appreciate since a death was involved someone was actually diligent enough to report this.
Betty Woody January 03, 2013 at 06:31 PM
So apparently he did not use his seatbelt? R.I.P. and our prayers are with his family.
Mister RC January 03, 2013 at 06:33 PM
No seat belt the guy was ejected officers have been walking up down the street trying to figure out exactly what happened. Prayers to all involved including people with damaged cars as that's a unexpected expense as well
Sew Good January 03, 2013 at 06:53 PM
I woke up last night to a loud BOOM. It was about 1:55am. Sorry to hear this.
cheryl dettmers January 03, 2013 at 07:15 PM
Some drivers us that part of Grand as their personal racetrack unfortunately. Don't know if that was the case here but I've been nearly hit several times by people blowing the stop sign at Grand and Mc Vicar only a couple of blocks from this accident.
Sew Good January 03, 2013 at 07:36 PM
Yes they do! Pulling out from DAB Middle School is dangerous even during morning traffic while kids are walking to school. Commuters bear down hot through that school zone!!
Charaty Calderon January 03, 2013 at 09:33 PM
So sad. My prayers go out to the family..
socalwhitegurl January 03, 2013 at 09:46 PM
Does anyone know if the kid has been identified yet? Who ever he is, my heart goes out to his family for their loss.
Pickles January 03, 2013 at 10:16 PM
His name is Daniel Medina. Very sad. I dont know why people dont wear seat belts.
Nicole gaspar January 04, 2013 at 02:26 AM
R.i.p Daniel medina ! My condolences to those who lost him , it was tragic and no one should have to go through this !
bryan January 04, 2013 at 04:48 AM
God be with His family
Deanna Sullivan January 04, 2013 at 05:24 AM
God bless my family this all happened at their house. We lost only items and items can be replaced. I am very sorry for daniels family for he lost his life. May God be with u Daniel. And for all the families that helped my mom and dad and sissy today thank u. For I can not be there I live out of state . But I just want to tell u thank u for being their what great neighbors GOD BLESS U ALL. Rest in piece Daniel.
Myke B January 08, 2013 at 07:45 AM
R.I.P DANNY. WE LOVE YOU AND MISS YOU. YOURE GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN AND YOU WILL ALWAYS HAVE A SPECIAL PLACE IN OUR HEARTS! <3

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