UPDATE: Ortega Highway Commuters See Disturbing Image Monday Morning

Anyone with information was urged to call the sheriff's Lake Elsinore station at (951) 245-3300.

UPDATED AT 7:04 p.m.: Drivers on their way to work today got a wake-up reminder after seeing a charcoal GMC Jimmy wrapped around a pole at the corner of Ortega Highway and Grand Avenue at the Lakeland Village/Lake Elsinore line.

The solo-vehicle crash was reported at 3:18 a.m. and left one man injured, said Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department spokeswoman Jody Hagemann.

The man was headed south on Grand when he apparently lost control of the, which plowed into a light pole while traveling at a "high rate of speed," sheriff's Sgt. Rick Garcia said.

He said the motorist suffered multiple injuries and was rushed to a hospital in serious condition.

Deputies could find no identification on the victim, nor in the vehicle, according to Garcia.

"The driver is ... Hispanic, possibly in his late 20s and was admitted to the hospital as a John Doe," the sergeant said.

Police and the crash vehicle were on scene late into the morning, according to witnesses.

Anyone with information was urged to call the sheriff's Lake Elsinore station at (951) 245-3300. --City News Service contributed to this report.

rayne March 05, 2013 at 03:22 AM
a lot of peeps think the same thing dozed out right as he was close to home. Prayers to him cant believe that he was even able to go to the hospital...
Nessa Onestar March 05, 2013 at 04:59 AM
This is my cousin... He fell asleep at wheel coming home. He is in Critical but stable condition for now. Please keep us in your prayers.
Parak Okeeta March 05, 2013 at 05:28 AM
He could have been trying to pass on the right shoulder to get around other cars that may have bunched up when the light was red. This has happened to me many times at the intersection of Grand and Ortega heading southbound.
Lisa Orr March 05, 2013 at 05:34 AM
What about DUI? 3am? And why can't they identify him? Who is the car owned by? And who doesn't carry their ID on them???
lake elsinore girl March 05, 2013 at 05:48 AM
So sad. :(
Kimberly March 05, 2013 at 06:51 AM
This is absolutely horrible and being admitted as John Doe he has family somewhere:(. Sad
Mozzie March 05, 2013 at 12:09 PM
The light should have been designed to "Break Away" upon impact. The damage to the vehicle and driver should not have been that severe. I can see why they had to spend the time to investigate. It is also possible that the truck was planning on making a right turn and was stuck on the right side by another vehicle sending it into the pole.
Lillyann587 March 05, 2013 at 04:20 PM
I was also amazed that the pole is still standing, looks unbent.
Chewtoy March 05, 2013 at 08:31 PM
I fear the worst. They are putting a memorial up on the corner right now.
I am no one March 05, 2013 at 10:59 PM
Nessa, you are all in my prayers.
Mozzie March 05, 2013 at 11:36 PM
I saw that too. Flowers...
One Voice March 06, 2013 at 02:27 AM
Toni, is there an update on this? Thank you.
Pamela Pacheco March 06, 2013 at 02:30 AM
Sad to see the memorial today. I am assuming he passed away. Many prayers for comfort for his family.
Christi March 06, 2013 at 04:25 AM
I saw the flowers and flag going up too. I hope it just for prayers as he recovers. The break away pole can either cause less injury or more, if it falls on the vehicle. It is probably better to rely on safety equipment in the cars than have the pole fall. The pole did take some energy as seen by the dent, harder to see now. I had a pick up come across a medium, hit the first of my tandem trailors, slide under the dolly and flip the back trailor. I thought they were dead, but they all walked away. I hope this turns out close to as well.
Reverend Smith March 06, 2013 at 06:03 AM
It's practically across the street from O'Hara's Cocktail Lounge. Then, right around the bend is that place that keeps changing names at Riverside and Joy street. If he was driving drunk on the Ortega I have no pity for him. Better a light standard than the front end of a car going the other direction.
Nessa Onestar March 06, 2013 at 03:51 PM
He is still alive. In critical condition, but fighting for his life.
Sharon March 06, 2013 at 05:25 PM
Hi Nessa, I am sorry for what has happened to your cousin. Very tragic. Not sure if he has passed or if he is in critical condition. I have been trying to follow the info. I was actually coming home from work, from mission viejo, and was the second one on the scene. Nobody else was around, just myself and another man who was calling 911. This was very heartbreaking to see. Can you please give me an update. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Thanks, Sharon camgirlz@me.com
Martha L. Bridges March 06, 2013 at 10:01 PM
Martha L. Bridges 1:59 pm on Wednesday, March 6, 2013 Voice of Reason, If you know these things - personal information about this person's medical condition and are openly speculating on his chance of survival or the cause of the accident - I believe you are in violation of federal law to make it known to the public. "The HIPAA Privacy Rule establishes national standards to protect individuals’ medical records and other personal health information and applies to health plans, health care clearinghouses, and those health care providers that conduct certain health care transactions electronically. The Rule requires appropriate safeguards to protect the privacy of personal health information, and sets limits and conditions on the uses and disclosures that may be made of such information without patient authorization." The desire for news should not trump the legal requirements of privacy. If you are employed by this medical facility and revealed this information without consent you have broken the law.
Becky Honkington March 06, 2013 at 10:15 PM
You are absolutely correct, Martha. I was wondering the same thing when I read that. Perhaps VOR was a patient though. If that's the case, no law was broken.
Arthur Spooner March 07, 2013 at 04:44 AM
Oh please you two. She did not give any personal info. Just because you once worked in a hospital environment does not make you the HIPPA police! Good Lord!
Martha L. Bridges March 07, 2013 at 01:44 PM
I did not post my comment about HIPPA lightly, and no one should take this law lightly. It was put in place after years of study, and is meant to protect the public from just this kind of broadcasting of what should be and remain private personal information. If Voice of Reason can tell us "You can rule out stroke or heart attack." that is pretty plain she was not just a causal observer. I think all this speculation about the cause or effects of accidents is dangerous - too many poorly informed people writing about what they don't really know or worse people providing information that should not be published or repeated.
Arthur Spooner March 07, 2013 at 02:52 PM
I find it strange that the media reports on someones condition every single day. Just yesterday, Valarie Harper, inoperable brain tumor. Right after the Sandy Hook shooting they gave status on some victims. That to me, especially in the media is wrong. If a Dr came on here and starting shooting their mouth off about a patients condition that would be violating HIPAA rules. I don't think some observer is doing anything wrong. Choose your battles.
Becky Honkington March 07, 2013 at 03:10 PM
Arthur - I haved worked in the Healthcare Industry for 20+ years. I AM the HIPAA police.
Elsinore 33 March 07, 2013 at 03:16 PM
HIPPA is for hospital employees Martha, Nessa Onestar is the injured person's cousin, no laws have been broken, I doubt she is his personal nurse and yes, HIPPA is a very important law which keeps people's information private. One day I was in the emergency room, a man who was also waiting was taken into a private room, people started complaining because he had his own room and we were all together in the main waiting room. The nurse who took him into the private room got tired of all the complaining and said the patient was taken in the room because he had AIDS, this was in 1990 and a definite violation of HIPPA.
Roberto March 07, 2013 at 03:38 PM
This is a blog and not an official news outlet. Give it up...
jubjubLoves March 07, 2013 at 03:40 PM
you are all in my strongest, healing thoughts. keep faith and keep your heart full. <3
jill smith March 07, 2013 at 03:43 PM
A violation of the HIPPA laws is taken very seriously. If a HIPPA law is violated at Kaiser the person is terminated the very day it is discovered, and I have seen it happen more than once.
Paul March 07, 2013 at 06:20 PM
The HIPPA Privacy Rule is designed to keep staff and facilities from releasing information on patients without consent. HIPPA does not apply to another patient stating what they saw while in a public place where there is no reasonble exprectation of privacy. Martha, i believe your heart is in the right place, but please don't start accusing people of being in violation of "Federal Law". Please leave that kind of accusation be left up to the folks at HHS OIG.
Jane Doe March 07, 2013 at 07:18 PM
shouldnt of even been driving in the first place if he was tired !
Jane Doe March 07, 2013 at 07:19 PM
shouldnt of even been driving in the first place if he was tired !


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