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Suicide Suspected in Christmas Eve Roadway Death

The victim, 18-year-old Antonio Mateo-Juan, of Hemet was pronounced deceased at 11:44 p.m. Dec. 24 after he was struck by a sedan near Lake Skinner.

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The roadway death of a young man on Christmas Eve near Lake Skinner may have been a suicide, according to the California Highway Patrol Temecula-area office.

The victim, 18-year-old Antonio Mateo-Juan, of Hemet was pronounced deceased at 11:44 p.m. Dec. 24 after he was struck by a sedan at the intersection of Borel Road and Ashfield Lane, the Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office reported.

CHP was dispatched to the scene at 11:28 p.m. Tuesday when a caller reported a collision involving a car and a pedestrian on the two-lane roadway in an unincorporated area just outside Murrieta and Temecula, according to a news release obtained Thursday.

The investigating CHP officer determined that the 60-year-old male driver of a 1992 Mercedes was traveling southbound on Borel at approximately 55 mph when he saw a person lying across the roadway just ahead of him.

The driver, a Temecula man, did not have enough time to avoid hitting the person, which resulted in multiple blunt force traumatic injuries to the victim as he was struck by the front of the Mercedes.

“Physical evidence and witness statement suggest the actions of the pedestrian were deliberate,” wrote the investigating CHP officer. “The incident is being investigated as a suicide.”

On Thursday, coroner’s officials identified the victim as Mateo-Juan.

TVOR December 26, 2013 at 08:06 PM
This is very sad. I hope the poor driver of the car is not too traumatized by the incident and I hope the family of the deceased somehow finds comfort in their loss.
Brenda December 27, 2013 at 06:44 PM
Tvor, I 2nd that. What a sad tragedy. I am sorry to say this but it was selfish of this man who wanted to die to involve someone else in making his death happen. Now, this man who was driving his car on Christmas eve will never get this picture of this incident out of his mind. I pray it does not haunt him forever.
Katie 0311 December 27, 2013 at 11:38 PM
Your right Brenda if he wanted to end his life he could have done it another way. No matter what is said to that driver they will always feel some kind of guilt and definetly never forget it, so sad.
Brenda December 28, 2013 at 05:45 AM
Temecula, I know I would have a very hard time living with it. Even knowing it wasnt my fault I would do the normal thing of, well what if I had seen him sooner and stopped sooner, or why did I go out at that time, Or why didnt I go around if I could.....just so much doubt would go through my mind when in fact there was no way this man could have avoided this. These streets or roads are so dark you do not see anything clearly or soon enough.

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