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Teen Killed By SUV On Lake Street Identified

Lake Elsinore resident Anthony Devaney, 19, was killed Tuesday night as he was crossing Lake Street.

by an SUV in Lake Elsinore Tuesday night has been identified.

Lake Elsinore resident Anthony Devaney, 19, was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:32 p.m., according to the Riverside County Coroner’s Office.

According to the coroner’s report, Devaney was hit at 10:10 p.m. on Lake Street, about a half mile west of the 15 Freeway.

Preliminary reports from the Lake Elsinore Police Department indicated Devaney was walking north, across the eastbound lane of Lake Street, wearing dark clothing and ear buds when he was struck.

“The driver of the vehicle was unable to slow upon seeing the pedestrian in the roadway prior to striking him,” the police report stated.

The driver, whose identity is being withheld, “offered full cooperation with investigators and was later released from the police station,” according to the police report.

According to Devaney’s Facebook page, he was a student at Mt. San Jacinto College. A posting on the page states the teen was “very respectful, smart, and caring. … He watches over the people he loves, friends and especially his family.

“He is straight forward and he doesn't let anyone take advantage of him,” the posting continued. “He sees the beauty in everything. He's not perfect but very close to it.

“Drumming is what he's into and is great at doing it. … He has an amazing heart and a great personality. I absolutely love who he is and who he will be,” the posting read.

In addition to the above writing, condolences are being posted on the Facebook page.

Lake Elsinore Resident May 02, 2012 at 10:07 PM
They need to put more street lighting in on this road. I drive this road at all hours and it is way to dark. Adding sidewalks would also help I see people walking all the time due to a car breaking down. The city and the county need to step it up and spend the money to fix the problems on this road it is a major access road and there are by far to many accidents that could be prevented by putting in proper lighting and sidewalks to protect people.
Anon May 02, 2012 at 10:50 PM
A sidewalk to walk where? To the freeway? We have other areas that need sidewalks. I drove past this right after it happened. It was pitch black in that spot and sprinkling too.
Christi May 02, 2012 at 11:03 PM
I wish people would realize that wearing light colored clothing when walking, no matter what street, lights or not, so they can be seen sooner. Black maybe cool, but it makes you invisible. Same with bikes. Put lights on the bike and where clothes that make you stand out. Please let this poor boys death save another's. Also, to the driver, it is horrible you were the person at thi spot at this time. I hope you realize this and able to find release quickly
Diana May 02, 2012 at 11:19 PM
What a tragedy, such a young life to be taken away. God bless the family and friends of this young man, may God comfort you in your days ahead for your pain and sorrow.
Katheryn May 03, 2012 at 12:38 AM
To Anthony's family and friends, it so sad when we lose someone we love, my families prayers are with all of you. I agree we need lights on Lake Street as well as the street widened, it's a dangerous situation between the mining trucks and other vehicles which always seem to be speeding.
BLUESGUITAR777 May 03, 2012 at 02:54 AM
Not to detract from the tragedy of this young man's death but why are people blaming the city, drivers and lighting? I do believe it says he was wearing DARK clothing and wearing earbuds. Sounds to me like he made some bad choices, wasn't paying attention and unfortunately sh*t happened. God rest his his soul but the family really only has the kid to blame. Forget the lighting. I don't know about y'all but I moved away from the OC cuz I hated how bright it was. The street lamps being on both sides of the road and only 15ft apart. Ridiculous... Pedestrians need to be extra cautious when walking at night. If a kid not paying attention, wearing dark clothes, wearing earbuds and probably texting walks out in front of a driver, how is that the drivers fault?? Again I don't want to detract from his unfortunate and sad death, God be with his family now, but let's all be real here.
Brad May 03, 2012 at 07:42 AM
If running electricity to the areas is deemed to be too expensive then LED street lighting with a solar/battery system might be a good idea
Dog May 03, 2012 at 11:55 AM
Whats next? Street lights through the Ortega highway?
Heather Newman May 03, 2012 at 02:58 PM
So very very tragic. Prayers for the family of this fine sounding young man and for the unfortunate driver who is also no doubt devistated. I hope and pray that everyone will be a little more careful and accidents like this can be avoided in the future.
Brad May 04, 2012 at 05:08 AM
People airn't usually walking down the Ortega Highway at night.
Chad May 04, 2012 at 06:39 AM
As the father of Anthony, we thank all of you. Just know we are making suggestion and not placing blame. If this could help your family or friend please don't let this opportunity pass. I drive this road twice a day and have seen so many people lost, but could never think my son could be one. My wife, daughters, and I thank you all for your support and hope that you view this accident as an accident. And thank you to the article publisher for letting people get to know what a great young man this world has lost. I Love You Son. RIP Anthony Vincent Devaney.
julian May 04, 2012 at 11:07 AM
lol, never saw "airn't" before. cool.
julian May 04, 2012 at 11:09 AM
So sorry for your loss sir. I hope you have a network of friends and family to help you out during this time.
kaitlyn May 04, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Chad , im so sorry for the lost of my cousin Anthony Devaney , he was such an amazing , loving , caring , funny , hard working man ! He will never be forgotten & will always be in our thoughts ! Yes it was an accident , but look on the bright side , anthony was struggling here on earth & now he has no more worrying , he's in good hands of the lord !! I have plenty of fun memories with my cousin but one thing I was thankful for was to tell him 'i love you' a few days before this accident ! So I'm very blessed , tell the family that I'm here for all of you if you guys need anything you have my number !! I love you guys !! Anthony your my role model , my brother , my bestfriend & my cousin & I just want to tell you that I love & will miss you so much !! You were an amazing drummer !! Rest in peace 'son' I love you anthony !
big aunt harry mary May 07, 2012 at 01:58 AM
to the family; this is not the first time i have seen this happen on that road. more like 6 or 7 .. walking and some driving. its a shame youve lost your son. i would go nuts if it was my daughter. my deepest sympathy to your family and i hope you manage to deal with this terrible tragedy. not that it will make anything any better but, at least you have really great comments on who your son was and how many people thought of him a s a great kid with whats seems to be a heart of gold and an unselfish demeanor. says alot for you as parents ! im truly sorry for your loss..
Dawn S. May 09, 2012 at 02:18 PM
WOW...this is such a devistation & tragedy for ALL involved....Anthony was a great boy with a beautiful smile. He is my son Anthony S. best friend- partner in crime... They have grown a lot together! His parents are very dedicated & involved people. He will be missed by so many....We will see that big beautiful smile again in HEAVEN ! im susure your causing a rucuss up there beating on those golden drums.. ;)
sam shepperd June 27, 2012 at 07:45 PM
That stretch of Lake Street lies between the residential areas and a new park and much needed Boys Club. It's a shame the street is a deadly obstacle course between the two rather than a safe access way.
sam shepperd June 27, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Black has become such a fashion necessity among the young these days that I doubt many teens even own any light colored clothing. When I was in high school, the opposite was true. White t-shirts were the IN thing to wear.
sam shepperd June 27, 2012 at 07:50 PM
If it weren't for the presence of the park and Boy's Club, which everyone in the area should have access to, and the total absence of even a paved shoulder there and constant construction that never seems to lead to needed improvements, I might agree with you.
sam shepperd June 27, 2012 at 07:52 PM
If there were neighborhoods with hundreds of households next to a park and Boys Club up there, yes, I would think street lighting and bike lanes would be appropriate.
jill smith June 28, 2012 at 01:33 AM
To Mrs Devaney, You are a very kind courageous woman, You and Anthony are bonded for eternity, and how proud he must be to have a mom like you. Thanks to you, the first words out of Mayor Tisdale's mouth after you were finished speaking were" we will take care of this problem," and Bob Maghee already has a project in the works to correct the lighting, I hope you approve of it as he said he wants " you involved". I was at the meeting and I saw you speak, thankyou for your courage, you have made a difference, and lives will be saved.
Scummyc Mccawleyy July 02, 2013 at 12:28 AM
anthony was one of my best friends,and wearing black may be "cool" but anthony didnt have money to go buy certain clothing for when he's walking at night,and, i used to walk that road alot to get to horsethief canyon,where he was going,so in his defense he was one in a million who walk on that road at night,but he was the one who lost his life to the careless city who failed to put a simple sidewalk in. just saying,if the damn city would let me pour some freaking concrete i would make a sidewalk.people just need to think a little more.

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