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1 Dead On 15 Freeway

The northbound freeway will be closed into the afternoon hours at Lake Street in Lake Elsinore as the investigation and cleanup continues.

UPDATED AT 11:03 A.M.: A multi-vehicle crash on the 15 Freeway at the outskirts of Lake Elsinore has left one dead.

The crash was reported shortly after 8:15 a.m. Monday on the northbound 15, just south of Indian Truck Trail.

Preliminary investigation shows that a silver Dodge Ram was traveling on the southbound side of the freeway in the #1 or #2 lane and for unknown reasons veered toward the center divide, according to CHP Officer Steve Carapia.

The Ram crashed into the divider wall and flipped into the northbound freeway traffic. A motorcyclist on a Harley-Davidson riding on the northbound side of the freeway in the #1 lane was hit by flying debris from the Ram and was killed on impact, Carapia said.

The motorcyclist's identity has not yet been released. (CLICK HERE FOR THE APRIL 23 UPDATE ON HER IDENTITY.)

The truck eventually collided with a white sedan that was also traveling northbound on the freeway, according to Carapia, who said he believed the car was a Mercedes Benz.

The Ram driver and at least one person in the white sedan were transported to an area hospital with moderate injuries, according to Cal/Fire Riverside County Fire Department spokeswoman Melody Hendrickson. Their identities have not been released.

In addition to the human and vehicle carnage strewn across the 15, the Ram was loaded with produce that spilled across the freeway, Carapia said.

The officer said it’s too early to determine what may have caused the crash.

“Once our investigating officer collects all the information, we will have a clearer picture,” he said.

Freeway traffic was being diverted onto Lake Street in Lake Elsinore, and Carapia said the northbound freeway will be closed into the afternoon hours at Lake Street as the investigation and cleanup continues.

Traffic was backed up through Lake Elsinore as a result of Monday morning's crash.

Adrian B. April 23, 2013 at 02:32 AM
I was driving right behind the truck as it suddenly shot across the freeway and into oncoming traffic. I saw the whole thing happen.I stopped and was one of the first people on the scene. For those of you that knew the motorcycle rider, my heart goes out to you. My day has been filled with nothing but saddness thinking about this horrific accident. For what its worth, she did not suffer. My prayers go out to everyone that was affected by this accident. Peace and love for all.  Adrian
Debbie F April 23, 2013 at 03:02 AM
Peggy Heath... A cold hearted person whom should apologize for her mean comments. This female Harley rider was the most beautiful caring person with a huge heart. She was minding her own business riding to work to care for others and was sadly in the wrong place at the wrong time. She will be truely missed by many who Love her. RIP sweet girl. Thoughts and prayers go out to all your many close friends and family.
Tim April 23, 2013 at 03:05 AM
Rest in Peace Wendy, we will all miss you, and know that you touched each of our lives somewhere, somehow along the way. Even morons like Peggy would have made room for you on your bike, because your aura preceded you.
Tabatha lee April 23, 2013 at 03:25 AM
Peggy you disgust me saying what you said. The lady that was killed was an Amazing woman WHO WAS ON THE OPPISITE SIDE OF TRAFFIC going to work where she cared for patients. Wendy was the happiest person I've ever known. I've known her for almost 20 years. Before you run your mouth make sure you know what you're talking about AND ACTUALLY READ THE ARTICLE
rayne April 23, 2013 at 03:58 AM
Peggy Peggy Petty Peggy u deserve what ever Karma you get from your stupidy and hope it comes soon.
Kalyn Bemoll April 23, 2013 at 04:37 AM
You should learn to read the facts. The motorcycle rider was the victim who was minding his own business.
Surf Dad April 23, 2013 at 04:39 AM
Peggy....no one likes you!
Wayner April 23, 2013 at 04:48 AM
Peggy, you are sooo pathetic....i'll just leave it at that. I've known her for years. She could school anybody on harley riding. We of those who have rode with her over the years know, she knew the road only to well. She was loving, kind, helpful and had a constant smile on her face. It's clear you would possess none of those qualities. I hope your neighbors, co-workers(if your capable of working) and your family see this post and get you out in the open and not let you hide behind your computer screen. We love you Wendy. R.I.P.
BB April 23, 2013 at 04:55 AM
How come there was a second tarp near the Mercedez? Did another person pass in this accident? Additionally it is sad when anyone passes and I know the Lord works all things together for His good so keep looking up. For those that ride motorcycles I am sure the risk is something that is thought out prior to owning a bike but in So Cal it just doesn't seem safe. You can do everything right and still have something traggic like this happen. BTW is the truck driver being charged with anything?
Fisher Lady April 23, 2013 at 05:14 AM
I don't see any comments left by a "Peggy". What did it say?
Fisher Lady April 23, 2013 at 05:28 AM
I suppose that Peggy's comment was removed, as I could not find it. As Harley owners and riders that my husband and I are, I would just like to say that most motorcycle riders are more cautious than most drivers. They aren't on cell phones, or eating burgers and fries, they are concentrating on the road and watching for hazards around them. They apply these same rules while driving in their cars, as a norm. There are always exceptions of course. Reading the article I was under the impression that this rider just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. I am a believer that there are no accidents. I guess God was in need of a special person like Wendy and took her home. I'm sorry for all of her friends and family. I know that she will be greatly missed.
Mariellen Belen April 23, 2013 at 05:31 AM
Such a very sad tragic event occurring in the context of an ordinary drive to work-something we all do every day. I went to work earlier than usual today but normally I am in that very spot at that very time that the accident occurred and it's all I have been able to think about all day-the very randomness of life. My heart goes out to the family and friends of the woman who lost her life-the comments here show reflect a special person who was very loved, I am so sorry for your loss. And if the driver of the truck is found to be negligent-whether speeding, distracted driving or whatever-I hope he is fully prosecuted for the tragic consequences of his bad choices...
Raylynn April 23, 2013 at 06:14 AM
My son just shared with me that the woman who lost her life today was someone he met last year. I pray for her family and friends who are dealing with the lost.
JSB April 23, 2013 at 06:22 AM
I am in shock. Wendy and I meant on the first day of kindergarden at Castle View Elementary School a long time ago and were instantly friends. Athough we have lost touch through the years my heart is broken. This is a truely sad & tragic event. My condelences & sincerest sympathies to her family. It so sad to know she was living just a few miles from me & didn't know it. Rest inpeace Wendy. - Janell
JSB April 23, 2013 at 06:26 AM
thank you
Lisa D. April 23, 2013 at 12:54 PM
Since almost all of these comments are about Peggy, maybe we can start this thread over, since her comment has been removed, and really focus on the victim and the true nature of what an accident is. Life is precious and too short for all the hate and bitterness. God bless, and rest in peace to the person who lost her life, no doubt doing what she loved, riding her bike. My thoughts are with her family and friends.
Belinda April 23, 2013 at 04:35 PM
I came up to the accident probably less than a minute after it happened. It was horrible. As I was driving by I thought I saw a black jacket on the freeway. As I got closer, I realized it was a girl lying face down dressed in black. I don't know if this was the precious girl who passed away, but I did notice that she wasn't moving. I just lost it at that point. I pulled off the freeway and cried for 10 minutes and prayed to God for everyone involved. I can't get these images out of my head and think that maybe I should have turned around and held her hand or something. Again, I don't know if there were more people who were injured, but so tragic. The comments posted are so true. You never know from one day to the next. Love your family, your friends and yourself. Try to be kind and happy. Life is truly a gift and should be cherished everyday. And please everyone, slow down, don't text and if you MUST talk on the phone, please use Bluetooth or headset.
PEGGY HEATH April 23, 2013 at 05:04 PM
I WILL EXPLAIN WHAT I MEANT! I WAS ANGRY THAT THAT PERSON DIED! I ASSUMED IT WAS THE BIKERS FAULT, I AM TRULY SORRY AND DID NOT MEAN DISRESPECT TO HER FAMILY. I HAVE ENCOUNTERED MANY A BIKERS WHO ARE RUDE. AND AT THE SAME TIME, A LOT OF CARS DO NOT RESPECT THE BIKES.
Brett April 23, 2013 at 05:59 PM
I had just passed this truck going southbound when I heard its tires screeching and saw it veer across my lane in the rear view mirror, less than a car length away. Does anyone know what caused the truck to do this? I didn't notice any odd behavior from it or anything in the road. It wasn't speeding and there weren't really any other cars near by. As dramatic as the whole thing looked, I'm shocked only one person was killed. I wish the best to those injured and their families.
ron stocking April 23, 2013 at 06:17 PM
im a harley rider. it wasnt till I got a bike that I really appreciate how safe most bikers are on the bike and also in a car. when im n the car, I always look out for bikers. I move over and give them their space. I really didn't do this until I got the bike. so for u who do not ride, plz b carefully of bikers. look before reacting. kno ur surroundings. if a bike is a little aggressive, its mostly because they nd a safe spot. somewhere where on the highway not next to someone eating r on their cell phones. I cudnt tell u how many times I look over to see someone on their phone.anyways, wendy had a heart of gold. always doing for others and never asking anything in return. always had a smike on her face. never ever talk negative abt anyone, even peggy. she will b dearly missed.
Saycia April 23, 2013 at 09:58 PM
I don't know who "PEGGY" is, nor did I read her comment... BUT, UR WRONG!!! The motorcyclist was my cousin Wendy! She worked in the medical field and was one of the sweetest people you'd ever meet! Well maybe not PEGGY due to her ignorance...however! SHE KNEW HOW TO RIDE AND WILL BE FOREVER BE IN OUR HEARTS! I LOVE U COUSIN!
Keith Schumacher April 24, 2013 at 05:34 AM
For those who missed it and are left wondering, Peggy Heath made a post that ended with her incredibly insensitive comment towards the deceased motorcyclist, saying that "...SOME LEARN THE HARD WAY.", followed by "IDIOT!" I am still appalled by the complete lack of sympathy or compassion. Her original comment, and my reply to it were removed-- along with several others... and that's fine. Someday, Peggy, you will need some compassion. Karma might really be a bitch for you on that day honey. I think you probably need a few prayers yourself. You might want to apologize-- sincerely. That would be a good start-- a lot better than that CAPS-LOCK excuse-fest you posted earlier.
Meagan McCoy April 24, 2013 at 08:08 PM
I was one of the first people who was able to drive by the accident past the Mercedes in the left hand emergency, I saw a man covered in the yellow tarp with his feet hanging out... I also saw another yellowtarp which I believe was Wendy... can anyone please tell me what happened to that man??
Trippy April 24, 2013 at 09:58 PM
Wendy although I wasnt super close to you I noticed right away you were such an amazing, genuine one of kind person. I have great memories of riding with you a few times and talking with you. I am so sorry this happened to you and my heart goes out to your family and friends. Your now in gods hands up in heaven RIP Wendy your friend Tripp.....
Denise Sampson-Waldie April 24, 2013 at 10:54 PM
R.I.P. Beautiful Angel!
Denise Sampson-Waldie April 24, 2013 at 10:59 PM
Thank you Saycia, very well said! Cousin Wendy was a beautiful person who loved life and I was proud of her for her accomoplishments. A free spirit who new how to RESPECT the rules of the road!
Teressa Coronado April 25, 2013 at 03:35 AM
To Peggy: the explaination you left about what you really meant shows no remorse what so ever. I have never met Wendy, but I know many that knew her. Your comment was so incredibly hurtful to family abd friends I sincerly hope nothing horrible ever happens ti you. People may "assume" it was your fault and you deserved it. They may also say hurtful things about you. Would your loved ones appreciate the comments? Think before you speak.
Wayner April 25, 2013 at 08:44 PM
I miss my freind.......
Belinda April 25, 2013 at 11:57 PM
I'm so sad... again, still can't get the images out of my head. Sorry for your loss. She sounded like a beautiful person with an amazing soul.
JSB April 27, 2013 at 05:06 PM
Memorial Services today... I am so sad.

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