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Suicide Suspected In Accident Involving Lake Elsinore Man

A 24-year-old man walking southbound in the fast lane of northbound Interstate 215 was struck by a 2009 white Chevrolet Cobalt driven in the same lane by a 26-year-old Lake Elsinore man.

CHP is investigating the incident as a suicide, as “physical evidence and witness statements determined that the pedestrian’s actions were deliberate.”  Patch file photo.
CHP is investigating the incident as a suicide, as “physical evidence and witness statements determined that the pedestrian’s actions were deliberate.” Patch file photo.

Reported by Patch editor Maggie Avants:

A fatal pedestrian accident that occurred early Friday on Interstate 215 in Murrieta is being investigated as a suicide, according to a California Highway Patrol report obtained by Patch.

The report states that at 2:21 a.m. Friday, CHP was alerted to an accident involving a car and a person walking on the freeway.

The responding CHP officer wrote that a 24-year-old male had been walking southbound in the fast lane of the northbound Interstate 215 when he was struck by a 2009 white Chevrolet Cobalt being driven in the same lane by a 26-year-old Lake Elsinore man.

“The driver of the Chevrolet had insufficient time to take evasive action,” the officer wrote, about the accident that occurred about three-tenths of a mile south of Murrieta Hot Springs Road.

“The front of the Chevrolet struck the pedestrian, causing multiple major blunt force traumatic injuries.”

The pedestrian—who had not been identified as of Friday afternoon pending notification of his next of kin—succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene at 2:45 a.m. According to the Riverside County Coroner's Office, the man was from Cathedral City.

CHP is investigating the incident as a suicide, as “physical evidence and witness statements determined that the pedestrian’s actions were deliberate.”

lotsahelp July 26, 2013 at 08:40 PM
If it is true that pedestrian was committing suicide my prayers go out to his family.
One Voice July 26, 2013 at 09:17 PM
If you want to off yourself then go do it quietly, the driver of the car now has to live with this for the rest of his life, I hope there wasn't any kids in the car they will be scarred for life over this dumb move.
Carl Petersen III July 26, 2013 at 10:48 PM
One Voice July 26, 2013 at 09:17 PM "If you want to off yourself then go do it quietly...this dumb move." __________________________________________________ Because a person committing suicide is thinking rationally...
Cat Dumas July 27, 2013 at 02:32 AM
Carl I think One Voice is 'talking outloud' for the benefit of future suicide risks to think about how they will scar others.
lotsahelp July 27, 2013 at 09:12 AM
I agree that the person driving the car will be suffering but Carls point is valid. Someone who is that depressed(if this is determined to be suicide rather than something else) has lost all ability to understand the ramifications of their actions or the way it will leave those they love feeling after they are gone, much less how a stranger will feel. I am not making an excuse for this behavior!
kristin c July 27, 2013 at 12:22 PM
One voice: agreed!
Brent Snow July 27, 2013 at 12:40 PM
I agree with Carl and @Cat, people can read what One voice wrote and agree, I agree. However when a person is suicidal they do not think rationally, so even if they read One Voices opinion, it won't matter.
lotsahelp July 28, 2013 at 04:04 PM
Any update on this story?
Cat Dumas August 03, 2013 at 07:57 AM
brent and lotsahelp I do see the futility of stable mind in suicidal persons but j still always hold on to the 'jimminy cricket' rule of knowledge is power (as taught every day by my g'pa and now taught same way to my own) n so I explain or teach something about everything I do so my kids can learn to put patterns together n predict outcomes of things for a better healthier safer life. You'd b surprised the little voices that pop up when I've thought of doing things foolishly for one reason or another. So it couldn't hurt to try to put this theory into action right? Afterall, '....if you're not part of the solution, then you're part of the problem.'- Ice Cube

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