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Lakeside Former Principal Killed In Car Crash

Moscowitz was pronounced dead at 5:06 p.m. Thursday; the accident was reported moments before at 4:59 p.m.

UPDATE: Friends, colleagues reflect. to read their thoughts. to read about the candlelight vigil held for Principal Mosowitz at Lakeside High School.

Jason Roy Moscowitz, former principal at Lakeside High School, was killed in an auto accident Thursday.

According to a Riverside County coroner's report, the two-car crash occurred at the intersection of Sanderson Avenue and Mustang Way in Hemet.

It is unclear if Moscowitz was behind the wheel, but the coroner’s report states the car he was in was struck by a sedan. The car carrying Moscowitz rolled and hit a tree, according to the coroner’s report.

The condition of any other victims is unknown.

Moscowitz was pronounced dead at 5:06 p.m. Thursday; the accident was reported moments before at 4:59 p.m.

The Lake Elsinore resident was 37 years old.

Moscowitz had been principal at Lakeside for three years. This summer it was announced he was leaving the school to take a position at Hemet Unified School District as its director of professional development.

Moscowitz, a soft-spoken and well-liked principal, continued to support Lakeside after his departure. During the Oct. 22 homecoming game against Perris High School, Moscowitz was on the Lancers sideline outfitted in green and gold, cheering on the home team.

Speaking via phone Friday morning, Lake Elsinore Unified School District Coordinator of Community Relations Mark Dennis said, "I don't think anyone at Lakeside has let hold of Jason."

dcampbell October 28, 2011 at 05:23 PM
I’m deeply saddened and shocked of the loss of a truly great man. I’ve only known Jason for a few months since he was hired at Hemet USD. Jason was always happy, fun loving, dedicated educator who loved life, his family and education. He will truly be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. God Bless you Jason
Susan Fortin October 28, 2011 at 05:27 PM
Mr. Moscowitz left a lasting impression on all who knew him. We were blessed to know him and have him in our lives at Lakeside. He poured his heart into our kids and they will forever be changed for the better. If we could all leave that kind of impression on others. My prayers are with his familiy.
Karen Jenkins October 28, 2011 at 05:49 PM
I remember the day Jason Moscowitz was hired as a Teacher in CNUSD, we were both graduates of Norco High School. He became my friend and we gossiped about everything and we always shared stories of our daughters. He became an Assistant Principal of Santiago HS and was an asset to all the teenagers who he came in contact with. He had a way with kids like no one I've ever seen, he understood them and could talk to them, and they would listen. I talked to him about a month ago and we gossiped as usual, talking about how maybe one day he would come back to CNUSD his home town where his heart and roots were. He truly was an amazing person, so funny and personable a very down to earth guy, who didn't even have to put any effort into it, he was a natural at what he did. I am in complete shock and so saddened by this. My prayers go out to his family, his wife and especially his daughters. You will truly be missed.... tears..... Karen Jenkins - CNUSD Human Resources
Christine Moscowitz October 28, 2011 at 06:14 PM
Thank you everyone for all your kind words and thoughts for our family. Jason was a wonderful father to our girls, Noelle, Alexis and Hailey and a wonderful husband. We will put memorial services information up on Jasons Facebook page as we get them. Thank you for all your love.
Mariah Hawkins October 28, 2011 at 06:23 PM
Im am so shocked and sadened to hear of his passing. He was an assistant principal at my high school (ERHS) and whenever i walked past him, he was always smiling or laughing with one of the staff members or students. He was very well liked at my school. Thoughts, prayers, and condolences go out to his family and loved ones.
Maria Pollock October 28, 2011 at 06:26 PM
I was privileged to be part of the panel when Mr Moscowitz interviewed for the position of Lakeside principal. He made an immediate and lasting impression on me. I was thrilled to hear he would be my elder son's principal. He bled green and gold from the day he was hired... even after he moved on to another job. Lakeside was truly blessed to have had Mr M for those 3 years! He breathed new life into the staff, students and their families. He made us all proud to be Lancers. Mr M embodied the RISE and LEAD motto, and he will continue to inspire those who were touched by him because of that. My thoughts and prayers are with his family... at home and at Lakeside.
Matthew Jackson October 28, 2011 at 06:26 PM
This is such a sad day. Jason was one the best people I ever met. Everyone he knew loved him. I have very fond memories of taco Tuesday at the Moscowitz home when we were younger. Anyone who met him, even if once will remember his smile and charm. He loved his job and loved helping others. He especially loved his family. The world has truly lost a great man.
Cathy Stevenson October 28, 2011 at 06:29 PM
I think we all feel like we've lost a treasured family member. He was an amazing, funny, brilliant man and all the lives he touched are changed for the better. I know he will be so missed. Thank you Jason for all the goodness you added to this world. Cathy Stevenson
John Souza October 28, 2011 at 06:51 PM
Thank you for evrything Jason. You will forever be in my families memories. We miss you. John, Erin and Owen Souza ERHS
daniel correa October 28, 2011 at 07:47 PM
I knew him for a short time but, but the impression he left on me will last for a long time. A great Educatior, mentor AND sense of humor...always jokingly referring to us subs as "taxi cabs" and teasing me for my Star Wars tattoo =)
Kara Marshall October 28, 2011 at 08:29 PM
It's clear that Jason left his mark on this world. His mischievous spirit is forever imprinted on the hearts of so many. He will be sorely missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Christine.
Paul Muldoon October 28, 2011 at 09:08 PM
I only knew Jason as a small boy. His parents were good friends of ours when we were all just starting our families. I am so sorry for this loss to his family. My heart goes out to Jason's family and friends at this difficult time.
Al Banks October 28, 2011 at 09:13 PM
What a wonderful man. I didn't know Jason Personally but Christine worked for me at Santiago until another Air Force Instructor became available. When her tour was up I felt I knew her husband very well. She constantly talked about him and was very proud of him. Santiago Air Force JROTC sends heart-felt condoleces to Christine, their adorable children and the entire Moskowitz family. MSgt Al Banks
alex October 28, 2011 at 09:31 PM
Mr. Moscowitz I'm gonna miss you man... you were my favorite administrator at Roosevelt in eastvale ... u were laidback chill and weren't as strict as da others you understood how it was to be a high school student... u used to call me Vin diesel cuz me and my Homie got caught up racing in the parking lot haha ..hope you remember me ..may you rest in peace.. sincerely Alex class of 08'
erica pierce October 28, 2011 at 11:22 PM
He was the best principal I ever had all tho I was never in his office we spoke a lot on passing period or lunch about my daughter & extra. It sucks that I couldn't get 2 knw him better. He will be missed by many. Every1 I know at Lakeside high school loved him. It terned the school around. As a fellow students I will miss u & I will never 4 get u thx u 4 all that u have done 4 me. Rip Mr. Moscowiz u will never be 4 gotin but u will be missed.
Megan October 28, 2011 at 11:28 PM
Jason you were an amazing family friend. We will miss you do much. We love you. My heart goes to Christine and the children. I love you guys and will be there for you if you need anything. Jason we will never forgot.
Tayler October 28, 2011 at 11:36 PM
My last memory of high school was standing side by side with this man, as he handed me my diploma and gave me a congratulations hug :( My heart has ached all day today and yesterday evening... I pray for his family's strength and somewhere in they're hearts to find peace and understanding there is a better place in heaven.
Christina October 29, 2011 at 12:01 AM
I met Jason when he came to work at LEUSD and then our daughters played soccer together. That is when we really had a chance to know eachother. Jason was an incredible person and an amazing father and adoring husband. He loved his girls so much. Hailey is 110% Jason and he got the biggest kick out of that. He will forever be in our hearts and memories. I will miss the laughs. We are truly at a loss without you! My sincerest sympathy goes out to Christine and the girls.
Addie Drake October 29, 2011 at 12:05 AM
I am saddened in the loss of Mr. Moscowitz. He did so much in the little time he was principle at Lakeside High School. He earned the respect and admiration of our high school kids. I worked with his mom at CRMC and she was always proud of him but was well aware of his mischief spirit. When ever I brought up his name she would ask as she placed her hand on her head "OK what did he do now??"
Cindy October 29, 2011 at 12:19 AM
I knew Mr. Moscowitz from Santiago High he was my Avid teacher junior year. He impacted my life in so many ways, he pushed me to work harder and never lost faith in me. I had my laughing moments with him...he was a fan of Del Taco and I happened to work at Del Taco during high school so he nicknamed me DTL (Del Taco Loca) Medel! I got the Principals Award at Santiago thanks to Mr. Moscowitz, he nominated me and wrote the best speech for me. I could tell my efforts in high school paid off and that he was proud of me. I'm glad to say he was my teacher and extremely proud to have had a person like him in my life. His legacy will forever continue...RIP Moscowitz!
melissa melendez October 29, 2011 at 12:22 AM
I first had the honor and privilege of meeting Jason 2 years ago, when I had the opportunity to shadow him for the day for the annual "Principal for a Day". He had a connection with his students unlike any I've seen, and his passion for giving them his very best was clear to everyone who knew him. He was such a proud husband and father, his office full of their pictures and artwork. My heart is heavy with sadness for his beautiful wife, who has lost the love of her life, and his children, who will grow up without him. May God bless and keep his family, as Jason watches over them from Above.
Noelle Romero October 29, 2011 at 12:28 AM
Both of my brothers went to Lakeside.In fact,one is a senior right now,the other graduated in '10.
Noelle Romero October 29, 2011 at 12:34 AM
My name is also Noelle. I am 11 and go to EMS. My brother is attending LHS currently. He is a senior. We will miss your husband.
patti harlow October 29, 2011 at 01:15 AM
Praying for your family Christine. The Harlow family.
Amanda Collins- Taft October 29, 2011 at 03:05 AM
I am so sorry for your loss! Jason was an amazing friend all through high school and was a great role model for my daughter when she attended Santiago.
kms October 29, 2011 at 03:55 PM
Ask JESUS into your heart TODAY! You never know when your time on this earth is up.
kms October 29, 2011 at 04:05 PM
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, and whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life. That is the Good News!!
d perez October 29, 2011 at 05:53 PM
Though I personally did not get the privledge to get to know Jason, I am the mother in law of a lifelong friend of his. It is such a tribute to read all the comments of a life so young, Done so well. I am heart sick of such a fine persons passing and am keeping thoughts and prayers for his friends and FAMILY. This FINE young man touched many a hearts, left a PROUD mark and memory here on earth. I pray that this family finds peace in knowing how many have been effected by his LIFE! Such a gift. May those who knew and loved him become even better people in his memory. May you all find strength in those surrounding you at this sad time, the hugs and tears are all because of LOVE.
Norree Colucci October 30, 2011 at 07:40 AM
What a tragedy. Jason Moskowitz was a friend to all who knew him. There is no greater testimony as to what a beautiful friend and mentor to the kids at Lakeside, he was, as the words and tears and respect and admiration that came out of so many of the kids mouths yesterday when the news became public. These kids loved Mr. Moskowitz. They all had a unique story to tell me. Mr. Moskowitz, I believe in my heart that God had a purpose for you on earth. I also believe that you fulfilled that purpose. God is no doubt proud of you, and so are we. God bless and keep the Moskowitz family.
Aine Walsh April 04, 2012 at 06:09 PM
I just found out about this today, months later. Jay was the best man at my wedding and my daughter's Godfather. My heart goes out to his family. I'm just in shock....

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