By Jennifer Madrigal
On the weekend of April 25, the deaths of two Eastvale residents, occurring just a day apart, have rocked the city. A young man who was reportedly on his way home from work was killed while crossing the street. The next evening, another Eastvale man was killed when a fun ride to show off his new off-road vehicle (ORV) went tragically wrong.
Early Friday morning, Troy Davids, 21, was on his way home from work when he was killed near the intersection of Hamner and Limonite. Deputies assigned to the area were called to the scene of a major injury collision on the west side of the intersection. According to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, the preliminary investigation revealed that a black sedan was travelling westbound on Limonite when it collided with a bicyclist, who was southbound on Hamner Avenue in the west crosswalk. The driver of the sedan fled the scene and police are currently searching for the driver. Davids was transported to a regional hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.
Troy Davids, a 2010 graduate of Norco High School, is described by a member of the Eastvale News Facebook page as “having a heart of gold and a smile to match. Words cannot describe the loss of Troy.” Another person described him as being “a wonderful young man who was a friend to everyone”. Troy worked at the local Von’s supermarket where he was loved and admired by his co-workers and will be greatly missed.
According to the City of Eastvale, the investigation is ongoing and the Sheriff’s Department is looking over video footage from nearby businesses in an effort to help gather more information and evidence about the hit-and-run suspect.
The very next evening, April 26, four men were taking a ride in an ORV in the empty dirt field located on the northeast side of the intersection at Sumner and Limonite avenues. While making a turn, the vehicle flipped and the driver was pinned underneath. Timothy Michael Hunt was found by Sheriff’s Deputies under the Polaris ORV. He was transported to a hospital where he died from his injuries. Another passenger was hospitalized for non-life threatening injuries, and the remaining two passengers were treated at the scene.
Hunt, a native of Yorba Linda, played three seasons of independent professional baseball. According to the Sioux City Journal, he was a 2007 member of Team USA, a team that finished second at the World Cup of Softball. Some residents remember him as an “amazingly generous guy” and a very special person who was newly married. Supposedly, he had been showing his new ORV off to his friends when the tragic accident occurred. According to the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, alcohol is suspected to be a factor in this incident.