Reporting Deputy: Sergeant Chad Craig
File # MV221820237
On July 1, 2022, about 4:09 PM deputies from the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Moreno Valley Station, responded to the report of a major-injury traffic collision at the intersection of Ironwood Avenue and Heacock Street, in the city of Moreno Valley. Deputies arrived on scene to find the rider of a 2018 Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle lying unresponsive in the roadway. The rider suffered severe, life threatening injuries, and was declared deceased at the scene by Cal-Fire personnel. The second vehicle involved, a 2018 Infiniti Q50 sedan, was located one block east of the collision with major collision damage to the front of the vehicle. The driver of the Infiniti fled the scene. The Moreno Valley Sheriff’s Station Traffic Collision Reconstruction Team responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. The investigation revealed the motorcyclist was traveling northbound on Heacock Street and was making a left turn onto westbound Ironwood Avenue. The driver of the Infiniti was traveling eastbound on Ironwood Avenue when he failed to stop for a red traffic signal and collided with the motorcyclist.
The driver of the Infiniti was identified as 34-year-old Jason Miller, a resident of Moreno Valley. Jason Miller was later arrested at his residence and booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center on charges of Gross Vehicular Manslaughter While Intoxicated, DUI Causing Death, and Hit and Run Causing Death. Additionally, 30-year-old Nicole Cox, a resident of Moreno Valley, was identified as the subject who assisted Jason Miller with fleeing the scene of the collision. She was also arrested and booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center on charges of Hit and Run Causing Death and Accessory After the Fact.
The identity of the deceased will not be released pending further investigation and notification to the next of kin. A temporary closure of Ironwood Avenue, between Heacock Street and Davis Street, and Heacock Street between Kernwood Drive and Hemlock Avenue, was required in order to process the scene and collect evidence.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call Deputy Drew Galbreath of the Moreno Valley Sheriff’s Station at 951-486-6811 or the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department at 951-776-1099.
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