Driver Swerves Into Oncoming Truck, Dies At Scene

The cause of the crash is under investigation by the CHP.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

UPDATED: A crash near Lake Mathews claimed a life Friday morning.

Martha Cruz, 27, of Perris died at the scene of the two-vehicle crash on Cajalco Road, just east of Temescal Canyon Road.

The crash occurred at approximately 8:32 a.m. as the woman drove a 2000 Toyota Corolla at about 50 mph heading east on Cajalco, California Highway Patrol officer Travis Monks reported. A 38-year-old male driver from Riverside who was behind the wheel of a 2000 Peterbilt was heading west on the road at about 35 mph when the woman failed to negotiate a curve and crossed into the trucker's lane, Monks continued.

"As a result, the Toyota Corolla side swiped the Peterbuilt truck and the driver of the Toyota succumbed to her injuries on scene," Monks stated in the report.

The Peterbilt, a three-axle pulling a two-axle transfer, was reportedly carrying gravel.

There were no reports of injuries to the trucker, who, according to the CHP report, was wearing a safety belt.

Cruz was not wearing her safety belt, Monks' report indicated. The Riverside County coroner's office reported that Cruz was not ejected during the crash.

The crash remains under investigation by the CHP. There are no reports of drug or alcohol use as being contributing factors to the incident.

Cajalco Road was closed at La Sierra for nearly 2 ½ hours as crews investigated the crash and cleared the wreckage, the CHP dispatch showed.

Randofo Aragon January 07, 2014 at 06:03 PM
SEE! Crashes are not accidents that just happen, they are CAUSED by inattentive drivers who are either texting or calling on a cell phone or speeding (as is common here), so I have no pity for these drivers who disregard existing laws.
Jeanette Trujillo January 07, 2014 at 06:47 PM
Randofo Aragon do this world a favor and jump off a bridge! People like you are what is wrong with this world today. May you, your kids, your parents, sibilings or anyone else related to you never have to deal with what her loved ones have. Im sorry but I failed to read where it said she was texting or calling so that is merely your assumption of the situation therefore leaving you looking like the jackass you are. I feel sorry for your family who has to have someone like you living amongst them.
Cathy Neumann-Bearse January 09, 2014 at 10:14 AM
Stop this both of you. I am sorry this woman made a horrific mistake for what ever reason. I feel for her family who is not grieving her loss. I think NONE of us has a right to "pass judgement' on each other. Tsk Tsk!!
Jeanette Trujillo January 09, 2014 at 01:06 PM
Cathy Neumann-Bearse.. I am sorry you feel I was passing judgement on a situation I myself are not mourning. Martha was my friend and yes her family and friends are grieving her sudden passing. However, please forgive me if I could not just let someone judge a situation they know very few details about. Furthermore, for anyone reading this article and would like to comment please know this.. We have been to the road where the accident occurred, we know the vehicle she was driving and find it hard to believe she was driving up hill at 50 mph and being that my husband is a truck driver we also know that there is no way that truck she hit could have made that turn without going into the other lane (Marthas lane) However, we weren't there and don't have all the answers so before anyone else goes on to takes wasted time out of their day to comment on someones tragedy please just use your clicker and move on to the next story. Thanks!


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