Homicide detectives confirmed that a collision that occurred on October 26 in the Victoria neighborhood of Riverside was intentional. Noe Perez-Gonzalez, 37, was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center for murder.
On October 26 at approximately 9:28 p.m., Riverside police officers and paramedics responded to the 2900 block of Cimarron Road for reports of a major injury traffic collision.
Upon arrival, officers located a male pedestrian who had been struck by a vehicle and sustained significant injuries. The victim, 43-year-old Patrick Leway of Riverside, was taken to a local hospital where he later died.
Police say the preliminary investigation revealed a 2020 Toyota driven by Perez-Gonzalez was traveling west on Cimarron Road when the vehicle left the roadway and collided with the pedestrian, who was standing to the front of his own residence.
Officers with the Riverside Police Department’s Major Accident Investigation Team (M.A.I.T.) responded and assumed the investigation.
During the course of the investigation, the M.A.I.T. team suspected this was not a vehicle accident, but an intentional act done by the driver. As a result, the case was turned over to the Robbery-Homicide Unit. They were assisted by the Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner and the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office.
After an additional follow-up was conducted, Robbery-Homicide detectives confirmed the collision was intentional and arrested Perez-Gonzalez on November 19 in the City of Perris.
This homicide investigation is still ongoing. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Detective Josh Ontko at 951-353-7135 or [email protected]. Those wishing to remain anonymous can email [email protected] or utilize the Riverside Police Department’s mobile app “Submit a Tip” feature while referencing report number 200028335.
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