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Investigation Continues Into I-15 Incident That Claimed Temecula Woman

The accident occurred on northbound Interstate 15 near Gopher Canyon Road just before 5 p.m. Sunday, according to the California Highway Patrol.

An investigation was under way today in the death of a 34-year-old Temecula woman killed when the pickup she was riding in veered off rain-soaked Interstate 15 north of Escondido and rolled down a steep embankment.

The woman was a rear-seat passenger in a 2007 Nissan Frontier pickup with an extended cab, CHP Officer Jim Bettencourt said in a statement. She was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene.

The driver of the pickup, a 62-year-old Temecula man, and a 61-year-old Temecula woman in the front passenger seat both suffered moderate injuries, Bettencourt said. Each was taken by ambulance to Palomar Medical Center.

A preliminary investigation showed the pickup was traveling at about 70 miles per hour in heavy rain when its driver lost control, sliding down a steep 200- to 300-foot dirt embankment, Bettencourt said, adding that the vehicle
rolled several times but landed on its wheels. It was not immediately clear if
alcohol or drugs played a role in the crash.

Brenda September 10, 2012 at 05:24 PM
My thoughts? Very sad, and she is someones daughter, mother, sister. Was traffic insane yesterday with those heavy rains while I stayed in and watched from the back doors? I know there was alot of traffic on Margarita and thought "Lord people go home dont be driving in these flash flood type downpours". I have been in a few of them in Arizona and if you are stuck in one just pull over and sit it out till it lets up or drive very very very slow. 70 is not very slow during those downpours yesterday and sounds like a very sad unfortunate accident, and strange she was thrown from the back. Often times people in back of trucks will lay down, fall asleep and undo the seat belt to get more comfortable. I have had two acquaintences die that way. Asleep while husband was driving a long drive home at the end of vacations the two friends had their seat belts off asleep in front seats, and husbands both fell asleep at the wheel :/ Everything is a lesson in life and I suppose others who read of this accident will think twice how fast they are going when its raining, and how carefully they drive.
Susan September 13, 2012 at 08:53 AM
i WAS THERE! It was very sad. It had just started to pour. Maybe five minutes at the most and then it was gone. (for me at least,further up the freeway) I was coming from Poway on my way home to Temecula. I saw people pulling over and looking over the side with one border patrol or sheriff looking over and calling for help. There was little traffic so the vehicle must of slid. The bad thing is it (the rain) came down hard and alot. It was starting to leave little puddles in the lanes but stopped as quickly as it came pretty much. It made me sick to my stomach knowing something bad had just happened to someone over that edge. That one spot in the freeway leaves vehicles unprotected because of no rails. It didn't have to happen had they been there. Prayers to her Family and friends. PLEASE drive safe everyone.
That Temecula Guy September 13, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Basic speed law. No excuses.

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