Three injured in collision on Reche Road at Camino Zara

Three people were injured as a result of an early morning collision today (Fri., March 21) in Fallbrook.

Shortly after 7 a.m., emergency responders were called to the scene of a two-vehicle traffic collision on Reche Road near Camino Zara.

Exact details of how the crash occurred still have not been released by authorities, but it appears that a Mercury SUV struck a Toyota Tundra pickup, causing the pickup to pushed from the roadway and down an embankment.

“In the SUV were two women in their 30s, from Escondido,” said John Buchanan, public information officer for North County Fire. “A 48-year-old man from Fallbrook was driving the Tundra.”

Buchanan said all three individuals were transported to area hospitals for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The two woman were taken to Palomar Medical Center in Escondido and the male to Fallbrook Hospital.

16 Responses to "Three injured in collision on Reche Road at Camino Zara"

  1. Lee   March 21, 2014 at 10:13 am

    I hope everybody is alright!

    Slow the heck down on Reche, folks!!!

  2. Fallbrook Mom   March 21, 2014 at 11:39 am

    I am not sure what happened, but can almost guarantee speeding was the culprit. We live off of Reche raceway and we cringe everytime we pull in and out of our driveway. Please slow down people! If you drive the speed limit you are tailgated by some impatient driver. Have even had people pass me in the middle lane infront of the schools. Trust me I tend to have a led foot at times also, but we really need to remember Reche is not a raceway. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

  3. funinsd4   March 21, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    People need to slow it down on Reche rd they use it as a freeway its not that kind of road please lets slow it down and save a few lifes

  4. AH   March 21, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    Reche raceway can be plainly seen by all the red cones and destruction just west of the Live Oak Park Entrance and Left of the Gird Rd and Reche Rd intersection. How many times have those fences, walls, and guard rails been repaired! SCARY

  5. Legal Citizen and Vet   March 22, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    I hope all is alright.. BUT !!!!! Speed people. Do the speed limit, pull aside for those that may want to get ahead of you so as one CHP official stated to me, they won’t take you out and "show some defensive driving skills and cooperation to save your own life".

    If your one of those self serving, I am going to show others how slow I can drive, just because "you are right", then expect your turn to come soon unfortunately… Most people don’t change their habits but in the end, you will become the victim and they will continue on down the road.. Is your life worth it to "prove you can drive 10 miles under the speed limit and hold someone back from where they need to go?"

    From Escondido, gee let me think about national orgin.

  6. Relative   March 22, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    The Mitsubishi, heading westbound, drifted right on the dirt shoulder, over-corrected to the left, then over-corrected again to the right, went up a little bank which kicked it hard left again straight into the eastbound Tundra. The Tundra was sent over the edge and rolled over down the embankment, where it landed on its wheels, crushed. It’s a miracle the injuries were not more severe.

  7. There must be something we can do!!!!   March 22, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    I invite the Sheriff to enjoy break time, if they have any, anywhere on Hillcrest lane from Santa Margarita to Knoll Park. (I will bake you cookies!) Ricerocket motorcycles, hit the throttle as hard as they can, ride on one wheel at times. Cars and big trucks to big for the street, filled with dirt hit that blind corner fast while people are always on foot, jogging, people with little dogs, teens after 3 p.m. its amazing how many. (no sidewalks) I hear the speed will go to 25mph soon, still waiting to see the new signs. Its hard to think all the cars live here, I fear they are cutting past busy Mission
    to speed and make better time. Do a head count and see how many people walking on Hillcrest lane everyday are in danger. I wish I had my own spikestrip at times. It sure takes the calm and quiet away fast when a car zooms by like they can’t see you or don’t care that you are getting your mail on the street.

  8. Lee   March 24, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Fallbrook Mom #2 brings up an important point that I’ve wanted to discuss for some time.

    Can somebody once and for all explain to me what those IDIOTIC and confusing 25MPH WHEN CHILDREN ARE PRESENT signs mean? I’m serious. What the heck does that mean?

    Does that mean that when children are physically present? Does that mean during school hours which also means that they are present? If so, is a driver supposed to call the school ahead of time to know the exact hours when school is in session? Is it 8AM to 2PM? 730AM to 230PM? How is a driver supposed to know? What if there is a school play in the evening, aren’t the children present, too? Or what if a tourist drives by who has no clue about any of this?

    So my point is, folks, WHY the confusion? Why would our government post a sign with an element of confusion? Why? Why not simply make it a 25MPH zone . . . ALL the time? Why not? Why does our government post a sign with an element of confusion in it if, as it claims, tit is here to do the right thing and look after THE PEOPLE?

    Like I keep on telling you, folks, the government does NOT care about the people! Far from it! This same lackadaisical and irresponsible “logic” is also present in our 0.08% legal alcohol driving limit. (Or our Second Amendment. But hey, might I digress.) A 25MPH WHEN CHILDREN ARE PRESENT appears to be all good, fuzzy and cuddly, but the reality is that it is not: it is deceiving.

    So why not make school zones 25MPH zones ALL the time? Or heck, even 20MPH?! Why not? Surely, you and I will not be too, shall we say, inconvenienced driving 25 or 20MPH even at, yes, 3AM at night driving those, yes, yes, LONG few hundred yards along Potter and that elementary school, are we?

    Come on folks, these are our children we are talking about after all!

    And finally, what can we do about it? Remember the concept called . . . democracy? You know, that relationship when you and I, THE PEOPLE, whistle, our politicians, elected officials, law enforcement, et al., . . . jump? Yes? No? Anybody remember that?

    YES, there is something we can do! My dear fellow Fallbrookers, let us call the sheriff station on Alvarado and CHP station in Oceanside and ask them to patrol Reche! Come on, we can do this! Let’s do it this week! If we ALL unite and holler and shout a bit, we CAN bring positive change about! How about a chipper standing near those schools in the morning and afternoons, another one down by Myrtle Creek nursery, another one on top of the hill by Camino Zara, and finally, another one down by Tecalote by the trailer park. Why not? You don’t think that would work if, say, Reche were patrolled like that for a week? You don’t think drivers would get the message? You betcha they would! And how about posting some speed limit signs ALL along Reche! Be honest, do you know what the speed limit is on Reche? Do you? Is it 35mph? 45MPH? 50MPH? Why can’t ALL of Reche be a 25MPH road ALL the time? Why not?

    Folks, this is a democracy. This is OUR country — yours and mine. Get up! Stand up! Get involved! Holler!

    Do some whistlin’! You do know how to whistle, don’t cha?

  9. annoyed mom   March 24, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Lee….. You are to slow down near schools when the lights on the sign are flashing most idiots don’t. My daughter goes to Live Oak and the other morning a CHP bike was sitting out there and a huge traffic jam came of it and guess what??? An idiot went speeding around all of us into the other lane and the CHP just sat there like nothing happened…I was FURIOUS!!! If your in a hurry to get somewhere that is not the way to do it because of the risk you are imposing on yourself or others. I have lived on Reche Road for 6 years and have seen some type of officer on the road 2 times. I don’t know where they are the rest of the time probably out keeping an eye on the "gangs" we have here. Actually yesterday I was almost hit head on by a pick up truck….get it together people!!!!!!

  10. De Luz rd Mom   March 24, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    Every friend or family member scares the bajeezis out of me when driving on Reche. Please slow down! Glad I live on mission where more folks drive the limit

  11. Lee   March 25, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    @ #9 annoyed mom

    Thank you and I hear you loud and clear.

    Folks, there are other little things we can do. Take down the speedster’s license plate number and report them to the CHP or Sheriff Department. True, they may not be able to act on this information directly, BUT if we all holler a bit by calling in these culprits and the specific location of their violation, i.e., Reche Rd, then the authorities, soon or later — let’s hope it’s sooner! — will hopefully patrol the specific area. Or . . . you know that smartphone or iPhone you’re holdin’ in your hand?

    got pics?

    Take a photo of the speeding culprit and report them. (No, not while you’re driving, of course.)

    got ireporter?

    Or how about . . .

    got dashboard camera?

    My whole point, again, is a simple one: let’s toot, holler, and shout a bit. Together, we can bring about positive change!


  12. liveoakparker   March 26, 2014 at 9:49 am

    It’s the idiots doing 25mph in a 45 zone that are dangerous. Come on folks if you can’t drive the speed limit pull over and let people around you or stay off the roads

  13. Lee   March 26, 2014 at 11:29 am

    @ #12 liveoakparker

    So what you are saying is that slower speed — bad; faster speed — good.

    Hmm, Paul Walker must have not gotten that memo.

  14. Queen   March 26, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Liveoakparker makes a valid point, too slow is a hazard just as much as too fast.

  15. DR DR   March 26, 2014 at 3:44 pm

    Thank you little white car for flashing your lights to let us know there was an accident ahead so we all could slow down around for curves. Camino del Rey, yet again.

    It is not the tree’s fault, or the electrical pole or that the roads are slick after it rains. It is common sense that drivers need to slow down on our little country roads.

  16. GRUNT   March 28, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Lee-Ah, now I understand you. You want Fallbrook ot be Nazi Germany – lets all have cameras and record all our neighbors all the time, have ARMED (?) policeman on ever cornor (Lee, really, you wanted ARMED cops). Limit fuel so people only drive 20 MPH and of course —have your papers ready (except to vote, of course). Repressive laws, Lee, do nothing other than make more lawbreakers; if people will drive at .09% they will still drive at 0.3%.


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