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UPDATED: Woman Killed in Rollover Crash East of Temecula

Norma Becerra, 28, has been identified as the victim in the fatal crash that occurred around 9:20 a.m. on Wilson Valley Road north of Thomas Road in Aguanga.

Patch file photo
Patch file photo

Updated at 3:40 p.m. Jan. 23, 2014

Norma Becerra, 28, has been identified by authorities as the victim in a fatal rollover crash Thursday morning east of Temecula.

At about 9:20 a.m., the Aguanga resident was traveling westbound on Wilson Valley Road at Thomas Road, driving at an estimated 50 or 55 mph when for an unknown reason she allowed her 2002 white Ford Escape to veer off the road in a northwesterly direction, according to a report from the California Highway Patrol Temecula Area office.

“The vehicle traveled up a small embankment which sent the vehicle airborne.  V-1 overturned and collided with the roadway,” wrote the reporting CHP officer.

Becerra was reportedly not properly buckled-in to her seatbelt, causing her to be ejected from the SUV as it overturned.

The Escape landed on its wheels in a northeasterly direction on the south shoulder and eastbound lane. Authorities discovered the fatally-injured woman lying nearby on the same side of the road. The 28-year-old was pronounced deceased at the scene, at 10:02 a.m., according to the Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner’s office.

The roadway—midway between Sage Road and Highway 371—was closed for at least three hours as the crash was investigated.

The wreck was initially reported as fatal by CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department, whose crews responded to the emergency.


ORIGINAL POST: One person was killed in a single-vehicle rollover crash today in Aguanga, east of Temecula.

The crash occurred around 9:25 a.m. on Wilson Valley Road north of Thomas Road, Riverside County Fire Department spokeswoman Jennifer Fuhrman said.

California Highway Patrol reported that the victim had been ejected and was found lying next to the vehicle. 

No other injuries were reported.

Authorities remained at the crash site as of 12:45 p.m. 

Sage Road was open but Wilson Valley was closed at Thomas, according to CHP. 

The identity of the deceased was not known as of publication time.

—City News Service and Maggie Avants contributed to this report.

Dan McCutcheon January 23, 2014 at 04:15 PM
Lying next to the video?
That Temecula Guy January 25, 2014 at 03:46 AM
Beautiful drive on that road; easy to be distracted by the view. 50mph is way too fast for that road though, and the Escape doesn't have the lowest center of gravity. The shoulder rises up from the side of the road around some of those curves. Too many things can go wrong. If you ever drive that road, just go slow and let the angry overconfident locals steam as you slow them down and save their lives. I see they said "estimated 50-55mph." If they based that on the tire marks if she tried to stop, that means it was at *least* 50-55mph (if she hadn't left the ground or the skid interrupted, accurate speed could have been measured by marks). Could have been even faster. Slow down.
Brenda January 25, 2014 at 04:54 AM
Very sad and I agree on the speed TTG :/
Mrs. MacGillicuttie January 29, 2014 at 10:03 PM
That Temecula guy knows what he is talking about. I drove that route before it was paved. Fast drivers on dirt road make washboard.

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