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Motorist Crashes Into Overturned Big Rig, Dies in I-15 Crash in Murrieta

The 27-year-old woman died at the scene of the accident, which occurred shortly before 5 a.m. north of Murrieta Hot Springs Road, CHP officials said.

Emergency crews on scene of a fatal crash on I-15 in Murrieta on May 22, 2014.  Photo courtesy: Joe Fanaselle for Lane Media.
Emergency crews on scene of a fatal crash on I-15 in Murrieta on May 22, 2014. Photo courtesy: Joe Fanaselle for Lane Media.

A Perris woman was killed Thursday when the car she was driving crashed into an overturned big rig on the northbound Temecula Valley (15) Freeway in Murrieta, the California Highway Patrol reported.

The 27-year-old woman died at the scene of the accident, which occurred shortly before 5 a.m. north of Murrieta Hot Springs Road, said CHP Officer Rich Murrieta. Authorities withheld her name, pending notification of her relatives.

According to the preliminary investigation, the big rig was involved in a non-injury crash with another vehicle, and it overturned, blocking the No. 1 lane and part of the No. 2 lane, Murrieta said.

About three to four minutes later, a 2009 Chevrolet Impala being driven by the woman at an estimated 70 mph in the No. 1 lane slammed into the overturned big rig, Murrieta said. The northbound lanes were blocked for about two hours while an investigation was conducted.

The force from the crash was so strong, that the wreckage is barely recognizable as an Impala, photos from the scene show.

[RELATED: Click here for more on-the-scene coverage from Lane Media.]


– City News Service contributed to this report.


Psychic One May 23, 2014 at 11:06 PM
Terrible loss for her family, friends and loved ones. I would like to know how this horrible accident happened. Were there skid marks? Did she see the truck? Or perhaps did she fall asleep? Before some of you jumped the gun here I'm not accusing her of any wrong doing. I would just like to know what happened.
Zygo May 24, 2014 at 09:16 AM
The cause of this collision is pure speculation. Texting? Possible, but not necessarily. Driving while drowsy? Also a possible if coming home from night shift work, but still only speculation. We can come up with multiple speculations from diverted attention to sudden medical conditions. CHP investigators will do their best to come up with a cause...and even that may be a best guess.
Chris Gumtz Wayt Crawford May 24, 2014 at 08:42 PM
It is very dark in this area of the freeway and she probably came upon it too quickly to react. I had a close call once on the 15 when there was a couch in the middle of the fast lane and I didn't see it until the last minute. I have always been cautious traveling the 15 when it is dark and minimal lighting.

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