Two men suspected of stunt driving and simulating a collision scene

SAN DIEGO — Two men have been arrested on suspicion of staging a fake hit-and-run accident scene after an illegal stunt performance in National City, police said.

The accident happened on November 21, 2021 in the parking lot of the Westfield Plaza Bonita shopping center, when the driver, identified as 20-year-old Daniel Gomez, performed stunts in the parking lot and crashed his car into another vehicle, San Diego Police Department Lt. Adam Sharki said in a statement Monday.

Another man, identified as 19-year-old Ruben Antonio Talamantes, is also suspected of creating a fake accident in the nearby street, police said.

Upon arriving at the scene, officers received false information for a report from the two men, according to the SDPD. Gomez also provided false information to her insurance company.

Further investigation shows that Talamantes had engaged in falsifying information to both law enforcement and the courts regarding illegal modifications to his vehicle during an unrelated event, Sharki said. Investigators also say they discovered that Talamantes circumvented smog and vehicle inspection measures to ensure his vehicle complied with state regulations.

Talamantes, who was indicted on July 11, is charged with insurance fraud and forging and falsifying a document, police said. He faces more than five years in prison if convicted of all charges.

Meanwhile, Gomez’s arraignment is scheduled for Tuesday at 1:30 p.m.