Coroner Releases Identity Of Female Motorcyclist Killed On 15 Freeway

Wendy Rae Stone, 41, died on the freeway shortly after 8 a.m. Monday.

The female motorcyclist killed on the 15 Freeway near Lake Elsinore Monday morning has been identified.

According to Sgt. Brent Sechrest of the Riverside County Coroner's Office, Wendy Rae Stone, 41, of Riverside was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:06 a.m.

Sechrest confirmed Stone was hit by flying debris from a crash that she was not a part of. Sechrest said. Preliminary investigation showed 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. Stone was riding a blue Harley-Davidson on the northbound side of the freeway in the #1 lane and was hit by flying debris from the Ram; she was killed on impact, Carapia said.

The truck eventually collided with a white Mercedes Benz sedan that was also traveling northbound on the freeway.

The Ram driver and the Mercedes driver 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.

"I saw her beautiful bike on Sat. parked next to all her freinds. She was a happy young beautiful lady, strong, with the biggest heart. I know she must have had a great time this weekend with everyone. We will miss you very much ...," wrote Patch reader Tammy.

"... She was a rare gem and I've known her for the better part of my life. I will alway remember the example she set and how beautiful she was. ..." Patch reader Melissa wrote.

The cause of the crash is still being investigated.

Dusty April 23, 2013 at 07:04 PM
Ride on peace with the angels
Dusty April 23, 2013 at 07:04 PM
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Tabatha lee April 24, 2013 at 01:12 AM
Wendy you will be missed forever in my <3 and thoughts . You were an amazing woman , friend and coworker. You always had a smile on your face that would brighten up anyone's day. Rest in peace beautiful angel
Roberto April 24, 2013 at 03:06 AM
Prayers for the family of the deceased....
AlwaysPO'd April 24, 2013 at 03:36 AM
My bet is texting/phone use will be the culprit.
Keith Schumacher April 24, 2013 at 05:17 AM
I ride too. I literally was running late that morning, and could easily have been right there at that moment. Thoughts and prayers for this woman & fellow rider, and may her friends and family find peace.
sandy dawson April 24, 2013 at 02:21 PM
Sandy Dawson My sweet Angel, my heart is so sad, may you ride on the wings of Angels, RIP I love you baby.
Meagan McCoy April 24, 2013 at 03:18 PM
I was one of the first cars at the front of the accident. When I was allowed to pass by on the left, there was two bodies covered with a yellow tarp...I saw the man laying next to the Mercedes feet hanging out of the tarp...can any one tell me why they are only saying that Wendy passed away??
Andy O. April 25, 2013 at 04:06 AM
The man was my father, the driver of the Mercedes. He was badly injured-concussion, broken bones, lacerations, bruises...but alive. We are profoundly grateful to still have him with us. He remembers nothing of the accident. One moment he was driving to work, the next, he was waking up in the ER. He did not see the truck or Wendy. Our family would like to express our sincere condolences and express our sorrow for Wendy's passing. She was obviously loved by many. Our thoughts and prayers are with her.
Surf Dad April 25, 2013 at 06:19 AM
Hang in there Andy...prayers are with your father!
Lisa L April 25, 2013 at 07:03 AM
Wendy was my sister. I am so lost right now over her senseless death. I can't even describe the pain my mom and I are going through right now. The out pour of thoughts and support has been overwhelming!! From what we have been told, we are to expect several hundred people attending her services on Saturday. We have a memorial fund already started as SO many are wanting to donate. Wendy was an advocate for so many charities and supported all those in need. Sissy you were my life and I just can't understand how you could be taken away from me in such a tragic way.
Lisa L April 25, 2013 at 07:08 AM
Andy we are so sorry to here of your father and his horrible injuries. Our family has your father in our thoughts and prayers. We hope for a full and speedy recovery!
Saycia April 26, 2013 at 02:56 AM
Wendy was my cousin & I will miss her dearly! She had an infectious smile and a contagious laugh! She was so down to earth and a really good listener. I'll never forget the memories we shared. Ur in heaven now with a halo made of gold and the most beautiful Harley Davidson Wings they have! Tell Great Grandma & Grandpa hello for me, Jakob, & Bella! I love you always cousin!
Lisa L April 26, 2013 at 05:06 AM
Hi Andy. Wendy was my sister and words can't describe the pain me and my mother are going through dealing with all of this. But, we want to extend our prayers and thoughts to your father for a full and speedy recovery! God Bless you, your father and your family.
Elizabeth April 26, 2013 at 10:19 PM
Lisa and mother so very sorry for your loss I saw accident site as well. I prayed for the victims I too thought two people died. Losing a loved one suddenly and tragically is awful. My heart goes out to you and all of those who knew her
Katelyn April 27, 2013 at 01:20 AM
I recently worked with Wendy for a short time at Children's Hospital LA. My heart is in pieces to hear of her passing. She was one of the sweetest and most compassionate people I know, her beautiful smile, postive energy and easy going attitude made our work place so much better. She will be truly missed. My heart goes out to the family and her friends.
pam minard April 27, 2013 at 05:37 PM
Your friends are missing you Wendy. I was at Boondocks when I heard the news and there were so many of your friends grieving for their loss. I will remember you as always having the sweet smile, and wearing your scrubs. You are missed.
pam minard April 27, 2013 at 05:50 PM
Your friends are missing you Wendy. I was at Boondocks when I heard the news and there were so many of your friends grieving for their loss. I will remember you as always having the sweet smile, and wearing your scrubs. You are missed. I have been trying to find where Wendy would want donations made, and haven't found anything.
Shannon May 05, 2013 at 03:15 AM
God Bless Everyone involved. I live in the area this happened and drive this freeway all the time. Im so sorry for the loss of Wendy, I did not know her but do feel for her family. My husband also rides and this could of been him as well. Im so sorry for the loss and the injuries of everyone involved.


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