Suspected Drunk Driver Caused Deadly Lakeland Village Head-On Crash, CHP Says

Two people were pronounced dead at the scene.

Two drivers have been killed in a head-on crash in Lakeland Village and alcohol may have been involved, authorities have confirmed.

The crash reported at 5:51 p.m. Tuesday on Grand Avenue at Adelfa Street involved a charcoal Toyota truck and a white Plymouth Neon.

In addition to the two fatalities, one adult male passenger was transported to an area hospital for treatment of moderate injuries, according to Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department spokeswoman Jody Hagemann.

The fatalities were both adult males, Hagemann said.

The injured passenger was traveling in the truck.

No other injuries were reported.

CHP is investigating the crash.

CHP Officer Brian Keene said the driver of the truck was not wearing a seatbelt and was allegedly under the influence of alcohol.

Before the crash, witnesses reported seeing the truck driver and his passenger at a nearby thrift store, Keene said. 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. The Neon was stopped in the turn lane facing northbound when the truck smashed into it at 70 to 80 mph, Keene said.

Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene. The truck driver was not wearing a safety belt; the truck passenger and the driver of the Neon were both restrained, Keene said.

Grand Avenue is expected to be shut down in both directions until approximately 9:30 p.m. and eastbound Ortega Highway traffic is backed up as a result.

The names of the deceased and their ages will be published when they are released by the Riverside County Coroner's Office. [CLICK HERE FOR THE UPDATED STORY THAT CONTAINS THE CORONER'S INFORMATION.] Both vehicles were registered out of Lake Elsinore, Keene said. --Daniel Lane contributed to this report.

Diana January 30, 2013 at 06:25 PM
Whats wrong with people? All you people that saw this sorry excuse of a drunk and did nothing... you have blood on your hands. I know when you call the police 97 % of the time 0 response. Well in light of this senseless tragedy I will be putting something in my car to prevent this from destroying someone elses family. Do something flatten tires block them with your car, this could have happened to any of us! prayers to the Camilli family and to his wife and babies. This makes me sick to my stomach as it could have been prevented. get involved people I could be here commenting on your loved ones.
Jackie Gardner January 30, 2013 at 06:40 PM
I can't imagine what Matt's Mom, Dad, brothers and sister must be feeling. I know as his aunt, the pain is incredible so imagine his parents and siblings pain. Please say a prayer for them and for Matt. RIP Matt, we love you!!!
Tanya Strobl January 30, 2013 at 08:09 PM
We were standing in line at the store when the call came through. Matt is dead my son Kyle said and I was like no there has been a terrible mistake somebody probably got their wires crossed so my husband and I took my son 2 Lake Elsinore 2 see what really happened I prayed all the way there that this was just bad info as we traveled down Grand 2 Adelfa where my sons GF lives it all became a reality the closer we got the brighter the emergency vehicle lights became my heart sank it had suddenly became a reality this young man was ripped from his family & friends due 2 a senseless act of cowardness an ignorant decision 2 drive while drunk and what brings insult 2 injury is the fact that the 2 drunks were spotted prior 2 this tragedy and were carrying beers and were known 2 b drunk and NOBODY thought 2 do anything I for 1 have reported many drunk drivers over the years 1 of which was headed down the southbound 215 fwy going the wrong direction heading right for us the police NEVER seem 2 show up I also know that when u call 911 from a cell phone u have 2 leave a message and they will call u back REALLY I AM CALLING 911 CUZ THERE IS AN EMERGENCY U MORONS. I am so sorry for the Camilli Family and their loss no words can even begin 2 touch the pain they are feeling this was a senseless act of violence my thoughts and prayers are with u all. And if ANY1 knows what the name of the Thrift Store that idiot was in prior 2.. DO TELL PLEASE
susie-q January 30, 2013 at 08:42 PM
My blessings and prayers to the family of Matt, so very sorry for your loss. I know I mentioned speeding in my earlier comment, but at the time it was not reported as to the reason for the accident. This is a horrible tragedy. Please do not drink and drive, or let others drink and drive. I would/ will never let anyone I see impaired get into a vehicle. Take the keys away or call the police please!
L January 30, 2013 at 08:56 PM
First of all my condolences to the families that lost both victims. Demarie rossi makes a great point. In addition everyone needs to realise that we do not have enough police in the city. Best case scenario: the people from the thrift store ( sounds like it was on grand ave) called the police and reported these guys. The police got the call andheaded there, unfortunately the 2 closest police officcers were one at corydon near mission trail and the other on riverside drive. I am almost sure that the accident occured minutes after the guys left the store, perhaps while someone was still on the phone with 911 to report them. Hardly enough time for police to even respond little alone to identify and stop someome. For those that say police dont respond to these type of calls, do you really think its smart for them to come looling for you the reporter first rather than look for a danger waiting to happen. If they dont find them maybe theyll come to you but for what? For you to tell them again the same info they already have because 911 dispatcher gave it to them. Think about it before we blame them or any one else. Not everything can be prevented. We need to additionally start voting im favor of additional funda in the police departments. We are not willing to pay our hard earned money to hire lazy cops that hang out at donut shops. People the truth is that money is needed wether you agree or not and cops will be able to better do their jobs.
L January 30, 2013 at 08:57 PM
As for hanging out, not to say they dont when they shouldnt, they put their lives on the line everyday and work 10, 12, and even longer shifts. They are completely entitled to breaks. The focus here is on education, home and school. By thr time kids learn anything about alcohol or drinking and driving its too late. Most kids nationally start drinking at about 14 or 15. We need to better educate them and not with just one class.
Reverend Smith January 30, 2013 at 10:17 PM
I wonder which thrift shop the drunk driver was seen drinking beer in?
Unreal January 30, 2013 at 11:37 PM
I was on the front porch of my home on Adelfa Street when I heard the accident. Someone was wondering how long it took for emergency personnel to get there? Though I wasn't looking at a clock, my recollection was at least 10 minutes. It may have been longer.
T 22 January 30, 2013 at 11:45 PM
Many of you should be in great shape for jumping to conclusions. Do we know that someone didn't call the police on them? And I am sorry to those that lost your loved one. May peace be with you during this difficult time.
The Irishman January 31, 2013 at 01:40 AM
Fascinating & tragic. Yet another story of fatalities resulting from drunkeness behind the wheel of a potentially very very deadly machine. Who is responsible here? And what will be done? The answer to the second question is easy. Nothing! The answer to the first question....
Saddened January 31, 2013 at 05:14 AM
Ok it is very easy to read a partial story and assume its the full story and then to pass blame on others but this is not the full and complete story. I know the drunk driver and the owners to the thrift store and he was never in the thrift store. Yes he approached them as they were closing but never entered he also went somewhere else prior to the accident! There is no where in this story that says they never received a call from the thrift store so why are you all assuming they never called. I understand its human nature unfortunately to point the finger and pass blame but in my eyes the only person to blame is the driver! So many people are so hurt over this accident that maybe we should focus on what we can do to pass knowledge on to our kids family and friends about what can happen.
Diana January 31, 2013 at 03:38 PM
saddened .... are you kidding me? A grown ass man of 40 drunk driving, a 25 yr old dead. what did we get wrong? bottom line... your friend was drunk driving no excuses please who gives 2 rotton eggs if YOUR FRIEND was at a store or not. Go post your pathetic excuses on your frinds page.We could care less about him. I am so sorry to Louis,Brittaney and every one in both families.
Becky Honkington January 31, 2013 at 03:55 PM
Um, Diana? Saddened nowhere in their post said that the drunk driver was their friend. As a matter of fact, they said that the blame solely should be placed on the driver, not the thrift store. I think that your emotions are getting in the way of your reading comprehension skills.
Tanya Strobl January 31, 2013 at 04:34 PM
Saddened....There are NO EXCUSES for what your "friend" did he was drunk can't deny that can you? It doesn't matter where he was prior 2 this tragedy and I call it that because it is NO ACCIDENT 2 DRINK AND DRIVE AND KILL SOME1. This young man was 25 years old with a family your "friend" decided 2 take his life by making the choice 2 drive drunk. How dare you come 2 this site where the VICTIMS family & friends come 2 share and you come here and make EXCUSES. NOBODY gives a crap about ur DRUNK FRIEND OR WHERE HE WAS OR WASN'T PRIOR 2 this tragedy obviously he was at the bar or a liquor store. I based what I said off information given to me I don't give 2 shits about the THRIFT STORE its irrelevent You say its "NORMAL" 2 blame others and point fingers SHAME ON YOU! I BLAME your IGNORANT DRUNK FRIEND. And what's NORMAL as you say it not NORMAL 2 go to the store 2 get ur babies milk and NEVER come home So sorry Camilli Family Praying for your healing during this horrible time.
Tanya Strobl January 31, 2013 at 04:49 PM
Becky you should get your facts straight according 2 the police the drunk was doing between 70~80mph that is definately speeding along with being drunk. Emotional Mam you bet this is emotional a young Father Husband Son Brother and friend lost his life YES THAT MAKES US QUITE EMOTIONAL. I will rephrase my "FRIEND" comment 2 "ACQUAINTANCE" and yes Saddened did say he knew the Drunk.
juan January 31, 2013 at 04:56 PM
I Drive this road every morning at 530am you want to see crazy drivers they will pass you on the right and on the left going 80 miles an hour that is scary ass hell never see any cops whatch out people!!!!!
Diana January 31, 2013 at 05:04 PM
really becky technacalities, emotional... you think, who cares if he was IN THE THRIFT STORE OR CHURCH? A young man left his home to get milk saying be right back... minutes later he is dead due to a caress drunk driver. This artical is about the VICTOM, where HIS FAMILIES ARE COMMENTING! Totally inappropiate to comment otherwise my comprehenshion is nit in question only by you.... I have morals and never drink a d drive so your comments are irrelevant! saddened daid he knew the drunk counts as a friend in my book would you even be on here if this senseless tragedy happened to you?
Diana January 31, 2013 at 05:07 PM
1 more thing Becky you are terribly defensive... do you own or work at that thrift store? just saying
Becky Honkington January 31, 2013 at 06:23 PM
No. I do live near where the accident occurred. I see people driving in that suicide lane regularly and it is really scary and sad that an innocent person's life can be taken so quickly by such a selfish and careless act as drunk driving.
Becky Honkington January 31, 2013 at 06:28 PM
Perhaps Saddened knew and DISLIKED the drunk? I know hundreds and hundreds of people that I do not consider friends. I don't like many of them. The point is, Saddened WAS NOT defending the drunk driver. You are completely making this up in your head.
Saddened January 31, 2013 at 06:44 PM
I never said they were friends I just said we know them. I do know that the people from the thrift store continually report incidents and I am sure they did what they could on this day. I am not saying that what the drink driver did was in anyway excusable but I am saying he is the only one who is to blame! I would never take away the fact that Matt's family will never be the same and in no way did Matt deserve this but I just think things get mean when people choose to do the blame game! I will continually pray for these families thank you Becky
Saddened January 31, 2013 at 06:47 PM
Diana you are a Lil angry and it's understandable but if you'd Luke it to only be about the families maybe you should refrain from the blame game. Everyone has their right to defend themselves especially in a situation like this !!
Becky Honkington January 31, 2013 at 06:48 PM
You are not making sense. I understand that you are upset by this senseless tragedy but your rants are undeserved.
Saddened January 31, 2013 at 06:48 PM
Tanya yes we did know him from passing. I was not defending him just think that people shouldn't be blaming anyone but the driver
Tanya Strobl January 31, 2013 at 07:49 PM
I won't continue 2 have this conversation or defend my words on here clearly not what this is about if u read my previous comment I rephrased my Friend 2 acquaintance and I DON'T CARE ABOUT THE THRIFT STORE I CARE ONLY ABOUT THE CAMILLI FAMILY AND THEIR ABILITY 2 HEAL. I think all the stores down that strip of road should be more than happy 2 put up donations jars for Matts children it doesn't cost them a thing. I apologize 2 the CAMILLI family ONLY 4 ANYTHING I said that might b inappropriate 2 them. I ONLY care about them and their grief not about the damn Thrift Store quite making this about the Thrift Store that's old news ur point was made. Now if u know the people at the Thrift Store perhaps u could do something positive and ask them 2 put up a donation jar.. just sayin
Tanya Strobl January 31, 2013 at 07:50 PM
Oh and Saddened I completely blame the driver and his idiot passenger
Toni McAllister (Editor) January 31, 2013 at 08:43 PM
Seems like everyone on this thread cares about the family's feelings, so please try to keep that in mind and avoid the back and forth personal attacks. Thanks all
lerma brown February 02, 2013 at 05:02 AM
So sorry for your loss Louis ...I have seen you guys growing up...so sad...Condolence...
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