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Suicide Suspected: Man Killed After Slamming Into Lazey J's Roadhouse

The crash was reported at 9:47 a.m. at Lazey J's Roadhouse, 18815 Grand Ave., in Lakeland Village.

Update: 3:59 p.m.:

A man is dead, Lazey J's in Lakeland Village is partially demolished, and the Riverside County Coroner's Office says the motive may have been suicide.

Lake Elsinore resident David Dobbs, 50, plowed a motorhome into Lazey J's Thursday morning and the coroner's office has now stated that "at this time in the investigation it appears to have been an intentional act, intended as a suicidal gesture."

The 2005 Gulf Stream Independence RV driven by Dobbs slammed into the roadhouse at 9:47 a.m.; Dobbs was pronounced dead at the scene and it took more than two hours to extricate his body.

Jerry McKeehan, owner of Lazey J’s, told Patch at the scene that the deceased was an infrequent patron of his bar. Locals also say the deceased belonged to the American Legion next door to Lacey J's. However, Patch checked with American Legion Post 200 and Dobbs was not listed in its membership database.

McKeehan added that no one was in Lazey J's at the time of the crash; a bartender who would have been there had returned home enroute because she had forgotten her cigarettes.

McKeehan told Patch he intends to reopen the roadhouse as soon as possible, but he acknowledged the damage is extensive. The building, which McKeehan said was built in 1907, is missing its front facade, and the gaping hole reveals the entire roadhouse interior.

It's unclear why Dobbs chose to careen into Lazey J's. McKeehan said he didn't know Dobbs well. According to bystanders, the RV was swerving southbound on Grand Avenue and plowed into the parking lot.

Witnesses reported that the man behind the RV wheel was "driving recklessly" at about 55 to 60 mph before making an abrupt right turn into Lazey J's parking lot, the California Highway Patrol stated in a news release Thursday afternoon.

The cause of the crash is under investigation, according to the CHP.

During the onscene crash investigation, authorities asked drivers to take precautions along Grand Avenue, where Lazey J's is located. Although traffic was allowed to pass on Grand as first responders worked the scene, Patch witnessed one non-injury fender-bender on the busy roadway caused by inattentive driving.

Check back for updates. --Toni McAllister contributed to this report.

Update 12:38 p.m.:

The front of Lazey J's was demolished in the crash, Patch has learned at the scene.

Traffic has not been adversely affected by the emergency.

Readers and witnesses have told Patch with information that the driver was a man who possibly had a medical emergency and lost control of the vehicle.

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A motorhome crashed into Lazey J's Roadhouse in Lakeland Village Thursday, trapping the driver, who was pronounced dead at the scene, officials said.

The crash was reported at 9:49 a.m. at, according to Cal Fire's Melody Hendrickson.

The driver had to be extricated but it was unclear whether the crash killed the motorist or whether some sort of medical emergency led to the death and crash.

big aunt harry mary June 23, 2012 at 07:38 AM
martha..... you found kevins comment to be rude or insensitive ? i see an attempt to be honest and i dont see him accusing or assuming anything.. he commented about it from BOTH angles since NO ONE knows yet exactly how or why this happened. I dont see his comments as being insensitive or rude. maybe i missed something... ?
1 Of The Fishes :) June 23, 2012 at 10:15 AM
My condolences go out to the family. Wether it was intentionally or just a simple accident. Times are tough and nobody knows what people go through or are going through in their lives. God Bless...
kris June 23, 2012 at 06:56 PM
@lee ann...I have been employed at this bar for 6 years and we have always been open. so i dont know where u got this bar was closed when the school was built. You are complaining about the bar and the children. lets talk about the fact that every new school year, WE the bartenders have to go and tell the parents they cant not wait in the parking lot for their children. We make them leave. And when that school lets out my customers do not leave until the children are gone. We all have respect for these Children.
Martha L. Bridges June 23, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Agree completely Barbara, very well said.
Anthony June 24, 2012 at 05:32 AM
Who would have ever thought that cigarrettes would actually save someone's life! I'm sure she will come down with Lung Cancer or emphasima soon! Because a dead smoker can't harm you or piss you off with there toxic second hand! "Sock a smoker"
Cookie mom June 24, 2012 at 07:41 AM
My prayers and thoughts go out to his family and loved ones only god knows what u were thinking at the time god bless u no matter what happen thats between u and god md
Kevin - Wildomar CA June 24, 2012 at 08:04 AM
__________________ UNCLE FESTER, Martha dislikes me immensely. And justifiably. She talks to everyone as if she is a school teacher or a boss or whatever. Like her praise matters. These are facts about her. Click her name for more info if you want. She's claims to be an environmentalist, but yet she eats animals to the point of obesity (she loves the Sizzler). She claims she's an activist, but all I saw was two failed attempts at running for council of Wildomar, and she is some president of some Butterfield Trails preservation. She threatens to sue whenever possible. She's atheist, a liberal, no children, no husband, and to top if off, doesn't have enough sense to remove her name from the public phone book while triggering contempt everywhere she goes. Martha, feel free to correct me where I'm wrong. She was in a wheelchair for half a year and was very obnoxious about her ADA rights. She is so ugly and tormented on the inside, it cannot be contained. It oozes out of her and orbits her. She has total contempt for the Wildomar Government (which I might someday too) because it is Republican. Here's a link of this gem: http://www.nctimes.com/news/local/wildomar/article_67266cd7-d704-567e-8a2a-073dbc5df153.html
Justkim72 June 24, 2012 at 12:09 PM
Anthony...maybe you'll get hit by a motor home...one would only hope...or even better CANCER! Your a total PRICK! Id love to "sock" you right in your stupid mouth!
Justkim72 June 24, 2012 at 12:17 PM
ditto
Tonto June 24, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Martha is obsessed with Oblamer. Kevin obsessed with Martha?
dontblameme June 24, 2012 at 02:30 PM
wow, you people are actually relating this story to Lake ELsinore Unified School Dsitrict?
Tonto June 24, 2012 at 02:46 PM
Its all Bush's fault :)
Kevin - Wildomar CA June 24, 2012 at 07:10 PM
LOL Tonto. You hit the nail on the head. Martha is an object of fun for me. She represents everything that I loathe. I don't think I'm actually annoying her, though. But I can always hope.
Diana June 24, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Kevin, did you get a chance to check out Wildomar Magazine on line?
Anon June 24, 2012 at 10:34 PM
I just read that article. Now I feel bad, I didnt know she was like 70! I do agree with her on one thing. City Council members should not receive benefits. Thats crazy! That should not be paid off the backs of tax payers, EVER!!!!! Buy your own or get a job that provides them!
Kevin - Wildomar CA June 25, 2012 at 12:09 AM
Diana, yes i did. It took a little searching, but I think this is it? http://wildomarmagazine.wordpress.com/ It's fun reading! Thanks!
Kevin - Wildomar CA June 25, 2012 at 12:24 AM
American Girl, I don't feel bad at all. I don't care what age Martha Bridges is. People should be respected/ regarded on their merits. All I see is someone that is litigation happy, obstructive, condescending, delusional, and to top it off, unkind. Very unkind. Not just to me. She's been atrocious to many people. You've seen it. I can read people, and she's divisive and self serving. I have read some of her thoughts and ideas, and think she could be an asset to the community as a possible adviser or consultant, but her contempt and bitterness towards the existing Republican city council blocks any chance of that. If you scroll way up, I made a humane and sincere comment in connection to this article, and if you scroll down a little ways, Martha throws in her comments.... unprovoked.
Kevin - Wildomar CA June 25, 2012 at 12:29 AM
Wow Anthony, you would hit a girl?
Anon June 25, 2012 at 01:23 AM
I know Kevin, after I wrote it I thought that she really needs to respect people , she should know better at her age. Maybe if she had children she would have a little more love in her heart and possibly act like she should. It's sad really!
Anon June 25, 2012 at 01:27 AM
I agree with you UF!
Anon June 25, 2012 at 01:30 AM
Is there a specific article ?
Kevin - Wildomar CA June 25, 2012 at 04:24 AM
___________________ Charles, I can see how you might feel that way. I used to think suicide was pathetic and chickensh*t. As I have grown older, I'm not so fast to judge. Imagine one's despair and darkness when they're in that frame of mind. On a different note, Martha ripped into you I see. She wasn't there either. Not sure why she needs to pick at people like a vulture. Maybe it's the meat.... ? My condolences to all affected.
Crystal June 25, 2012 at 05:53 PM
So, I think that the roadhouse, I mean um Lazey J's, should replace the bicycle on the roof with a motorhome in loving memory of Mr. Dobbs! Just saying,
FireCracker June 26, 2012 at 12:17 AM
Yes Anthony, maybe I will come down with cancer, heart disease or some other form of cancer related sickness someday, but not today. I know this: I am thankful my car was not in my parking spot when Mr. Dobbs drove through it before driving through the front of my place of employment. I am also thankful that I was not standing at the front door to open, or coming out of the office at the time of the accident. I hope Mr. Dobbs soul is at peace, but no matter where it is Anthony, I guarranty its in a better place than yours. Anita, you truly are rude, and I am really hoping that being such is not one of your better qualities...of course if it is, it definately explains a lot. The bar came before the school, FACT. The county thought that building a school across the street from a bar would work because the bar was in escrow at the time and they were banking on the Grandfather Clause not being transferable between ownerships, WOOPS! They kinda put the carriage before the horse on that one huh? Its a BAR people, not some crazy drunken 24 hour a day drug infested fight club!!! Bet it would shock you to know that about 1/8 of the people who come in dont even drink alcohol huh? Also, as kris stated, our patrons do not leave when the children are present if they have been drinking AT ALL, and thats not a bar rule, just a general respect for the kids and the school. Parents are asked weekly not to have their children meet them at the bar, to no avail. R.I.P. DAVID DOBBS
big aunt harry mary July 03, 2012 at 03:31 PM
kevin----wow... sometimes i wonder how people survive the day being so screwed up.. amazes me... thanks for the info. i didnt think you were out of line at all. speak your mind.. thats what this is for... i think... lol p.s. i loves me some sizzler too! hahaha
Diana July 04, 2012 at 05:01 AM
GFL-Fircracker, through the years we have enjoyed this bar on many different occasions, from Hell's Angel fund raisers to jam sessions on Sundays, events prior to your ownership and events under your ownership. I hope that you will be able to restore and reopen and continue on. We all need social outings in this uptight controlled environment that we live in and we have always enjoyed taking a Harley ride on Sundays and stopping by and listening to the music and having a beer on our way home. Sorry that this happened to you it's not a school issue, it shouldn't be a school issue, your bar is an icon is the community and should remain as so. Don't let them beat you down, you will be able to open again we are all pulling for you.
Rene August 15, 2012 at 09:42 PM
Interesting how the comments have moved from subject to subject. I've only been to this bar maybe 10 times since I moved here from Orange County a couple years ago. The bartender was Heather each time and she is a treat. I hope she is okay and workng.
THE REAL Anita Drink December 05, 2012 at 02:44 PM
Has this cr*phole dive re-opened yet?
FireCracker December 06, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Hi Rene!!! I havent seen you in TOO LONG! Im doing good, working working working :-) I think I still have your # and if so I will be calling you soon. Hope all is great with you My Dear. I miss your smiling face! Love and Respect ~Heather
FireCracker December 06, 2012 at 05:33 PM
Why do you ask? You need a real drink?

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