A head-on collision on Vacation Dr. claimed the life of 29-year-old Canyon Lake resident Gina Fiorentino and injured two others last week. All three patients were transported to Inland Valley Hospital by ground ambulances. Gina was pronounced deceased at the hospital.
On Thursday, December 21, at approximately 6:50 a.m., deputies from the Canyon Lake and Menifee police departments and crews from Canyon Lake Station 60, Canyon Hills Station 94 and Rosetta Canyon Station 97 responded to the area of Vacation Dr. and Yosemite Dr. where they learned three vehicles had been involved in the collision.
The preliminary investigation revealed a vehicle (Cadillac driven by Gina) was driving westbound on Vacation Dr. and veered into the eastbound lanes of Vacation Dr. striking an oncoming vehicle (Ford truck) head on. The third vehicle involved in the accident was an unoccupied parked car that was swiped.
According to Captain Jeff Roberts, it took approximately 25 minutes to extricate Gina from the vehicle. The truck was occupied by a mother and her young daughter who where transported to the hospital with minor to moderate injuries. There names have not yet been released. The investigation is still ongoing.
Gina is survived by her seven-year-old daughter Lilyauna (Lily) and parents Tony and Sonia Fiorentino. The family moved to Canyon Lake in 1996. Gina was employed as a hairstylist at Hair Productions in the Canyon Lake Towne Center.
The community and extended family have come together to show their support for Gina’s family. On Saturday, Captain Jeff Roberts along with crews from Station 94 and Station 97 personally delivered Christmas gifts to Lily.
“The people of this wonderful city have really touched my heart and made my beautiful granddaughter light up. Our amazing firefighters and some of our wonderful Canyon Lakers showered her with gifts and love,” said Tony. “These guys are an amazing group of heroes. Thank you from the bottom of my torn up heart.”
The Canyon Lake Woman’s Club delivered keepsake lockets to Gina’s mother and daughter.
On Christmas Eve, friends and family gathered for a candlelight vigil at the Fiorentinos’ home. “This community is amazing,” said Tony.
Services will be held Thursday, Jan. 4, at 3 p.m. at Cornerstone Community Church, 34570 Monte Vista Dr, Wildomar.