Ortega Highway Shutdown Due To Alleged Suicide Attempt

The victim's condition is unknown at press time. She is being transported to Inland Valley Medical Center.

UPDATE 9:16 p.m.: The female victim who reportedly tried to commit suicide by driving off the Ortega Highway has been located about 100 feet down an embankment, east of the Lookout Roadhouse, according to CHP reports.

Fire crews have successfully extricated her from the Mini Cooper she was driving, although reports indicate she may have freed herself from the vehicle before crews arrived.

She is being transported to Inland Valley Medical Center, according to reports. Her condition is unknown.

CHP Officer Brian Keene said the victim called authorities Tuesday night and told them she tried to commit suicide by driving off the road. Keene and a partner located her via cell phone, he said.

CHP Officer Harvey Ray spoke to the victim during the ordeal. She told him that she thought the embankment was straight down and she had intended to commit suicide, he said. Her plunge, however, was halted by brush, he said.

The reason for her suicide attempt is unclear.

"She was distraught by a personal matter," Ray said.

The 48-year-old victim was from Temecula, Ray said.

The incident was first reported shortly after 6:30 p.m. The victim was located shortly after 7 p.m.

Although CHP has been on scene, Riverside County Sheriff's Department has taken the lead on the incident.

Westbound traffic at Grand Avenue was shut down due to the incident. Eastbound traffic was very heavy. The road was reopened at 9:15 p.m., according to Ray.

ORIGINAL POST: Police activity on the Ortega Highway tonight near the Lookout Roadhouse is due to a possible suicidal female driver who claims she drove off the road, according to CHP scanner reports.

Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Cal Fire, and CHP are continuing to monitor the situation and first responders are searching for the victim.

According to the reports, the victim has been complaining of head, neck and back pain.

At 7:13 p.m., the Ortega’s westbound lanes are being shut down, according to the reports.

A Patch reporter on the scene has confirmed the roadway is closed at Grand Avenue.

Andy January 25, 2012 at 10:45 PM
"Selfish and cowardly act". Not one of you know this lady's life situation. For all any of you know she could've been abused. It seems most of you are eager to cast judgement on this woman or are upset you had to wait in traffic a little longer. What a sick society we live in.
Pecas January 26, 2012 at 10:18 AM
Heartless people, sad
Not You January 27, 2012 at 06:07 PM
How awful life must for those that feel the need to comment with better ways of killing yourself, whines about how your commute was hindered, etc. Take a look at yourselves and ask yourself what about your comments screams anything but that YOU are the ones in need of help. You should be ashamed of yourselves.
F U February 11, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Thats crazy i rolled my car down the side of ortega about 100 feet 5 times driving normal... stupid rain and wet roads... i couldnt imagine doing that agian... i hate this road i drive it 6 days a week... i agree there r better ways to end it... Sorry she went thro what she did hope all is well and please dont fuck up my drive again
Jessica February 21, 2012 at 01:13 AM
This lady is my neighbor. You shouldnt talk bad about her. You dont even know what she has been through


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