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Driver Crashes Thru I-15 Fence, Temecula Woman Dies

CHP dispatchers received a 911 call at 12:43 p.m. from witnesses who said the vehicle veered across all freeway lanes near north Main Street and took out a 50-foot section of chain-link fence.

*Editor's Note:  The original version of this story incorrectly identified the woman who died as the driver in the crash, when she was actually a passenger.

A Temecula woman died Sunday after a vehicle she was in plowed through a fence on northbound side of Interstate 15 in Lake Elsinore and careened into a field, the California Highway Patrol and coroner's office reported.

Dispatchers received a 911 call at 12:43 p.m. from witnesses who said the vehicle veered across all freeway lanes near north Main Street and took out a 50-foot section of chain-link fence. The vehicle wound up in the field east of Camino Del Norte, according to the CHP.

It was unclear if the woman died of injuries suffered in the accident or had a medical problem, as the CHP investigated the death.

According to the Riverside County Coroner's Office, the woman was a passenger in the SUV which rolled several times.  She was not wearing a seatbelt.

She was identified as 27-year-old Nidhi Burman by the coroner's office.

The 28-year-old driver of the Honda CRV was in the far left lane moving at 85 mph when he allowed the vehicle to cross all lanes to the right, where it collided with the rear of a 2006 Chrysler 300 driven by a 68-year-old woman, according to California Highway Patrol Officer D. Lee.

Lanes on both sides of the freeway were temporarily closed to accommodate the investigation, and traffic remained slow through the area Sunday afternoon.


— City News Service contributed to this report.

Shannan Buffolino March 31, 2014 at 11:16 AM
This really makes me feel sad. One reason is how bad I feel for this young girl to go so young, and her family will have so much pain. Second thing that makes me sad is I wish people would rather have a heart, and hold back on all of the mean comments, and conclusions. Even if correct or not, I just never understand why people like getting on these articles and become downright mean, then to each other. But she could have had a seizure, I have a friend a while back who had a seizure , drove into a bus stop, went to emergency, they never could find out why, she was 22. Survived, and no one was at the bus stop, thank God.. Maybe a possibility? Hugs and kisses to her family.
James P Hosty March 31, 2014 at 11:23 AM
there you go with your senseless speculation, hypocrite.. I think ChrisG's postulation is valid. He's the first one to mention that----smart dude. Seizure sounds far-fetched. Gabbing on the phone? Not.
Mark B March 31, 2014 at 01:20 PM
James, why on God's green earth are you so angry and mean? A seizure is a valid possibility. Usually there are no warning signs. But in the event she was doing something ill-advised, she's not here to tell us. She's somebody's Mom, Daughter, Wife. Show some compassion. Please refrain from spouting cold-hearted speculation whilst hiding behind a computer.
Renee Schiavone March 31, 2014 at 02:32 PM
**Please see latest update above. The woman who was killed in the crash was actually a passenger in the vehicle, according to CHP.

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