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Woman Dies After Falling From 15 Freeway Overpass

Maria Estrada, 48, died at a local hospital following the accident.

A woman who suffered major injuries early Sunday after falling into a drainage ditch from a southbound 15 Freeway overpass in unincorporated area at Temescal Canyon Road has died, authorities have reported.

Maria Estrada, 48, died at Riverside Community Hospital, where she was airlifted following the fall.

Cal Fire received a report of the incident at 12:46 a.m. Sunday; the Riverside County Coroner's Office reported the woman's injuries occurred at 12:02 a.m.

A Henderson, Nevada, resident, Estrada died at 6:57 a.m. Sunday.

According to the coroner's office, Estrada's injuries occurred 30 feet south of Temescal Canyon Road at the southbound 15 Freeway.

There was no indication that the accident involved a vehicle.

Several first-responder crews were assigned to the rescue including personnel aboard a Mercy aircraft, three Cal Fire engines and one truck, according to the Cal Fire report.

According to the California Highway Patrol, a Sigalert was issued and lanes on the southbound 15 Freeway were temporarily closed as crews worked the scene early Sunday. The freeway was reported open at 1:28 a.m.

Elizabeth McKay June 25, 2012 at 06:07 PM
Midnight?
justme June 25, 2012 at 08:26 PM
WTH?? Was this a suicide attempt? or maybe graffiti attempt? I'm surprised the one question I'm sure everyone is asking was not answered...WTF was she doing and how did she fall?
Desirae June 25, 2012 at 08:59 PM
I'm wondering those same things too? Answers please.......
Toni McAllister (Editor) June 25, 2012 at 09:01 PM
The coroner said she fell. There is no reference to suicide.
Alexia Castillo June 25, 2012 at 11:28 PM
She was not triying to commit suicide..she had to urinate and did not know there was no ground. it was dark and she fell.
patricia June 26, 2012 at 12:13 AM
Alexia, no disrespect when asking this question but how would you know that information that she needed to urinate? Were you there when she fell ? WHatever the reason it is sad and I hope she did not suffer. Prayers for her family
harley smith June 26, 2012 at 04:39 AM
Graffiti !! idiot, she's 48 women that age don't do childish things like that !!
martin June 26, 2012 at 04:55 AM
I was he's friend and miss her Hope God whit her
shane June 26, 2012 at 05:17 AM
I passed by the two gentlemen that were standing by their vehicle on the shoulder who were on the phone looking over the barrier down to the bottom of the bridge that night. That was right before the emergency vehicles got there. I could see in my rear view when they came because there was only one lane open southbound due to road work- so traffic was at a stand still. Right away I was perplexed by the situation. Honestly it makes sense that she had to go pee since traffic was barely inching along because of the road work. I've been a little concerned as to why this happened based on the circumstances and what I saw. My condolences to her family.
Kirstin rivera June 26, 2012 at 06:11 AM
She had to pee. She didnt try killing her self ok. Me and Alexia know this cus that was our aunt. So pls have respect for the family. I thank u for those who pray and send there condolences but nothing will bring my aunt back.
CANDI BRADFORD June 26, 2012 at 07:06 AM
KIRSTIN AND ALEXIA DON'T PAY ATTENTION TO IGNORANT COMMENTS. SHE WAS LIKE AN AUNT TO ME ALSO. SHE WAS MY PARTY BUDDY AND I AM SO HURT BY THIS TRAGIC ACCIDENT. SHE WAS A BEAUTIFUL PERSON AND SHE WILL BE MISSED. YOUR FAMILY IS IN MY PRAYERS AND I LOVE YOU GUYS. RIP MARIA
shane June 26, 2012 at 12:47 PM
That is sad. Very sorry to hear.
joey June 27, 2012 at 06:57 AM
I was working on freeway that night i saw it happen and im sorry to her family. But when they rescue her she was talking and moving her hands so i thought she was going be alright what ended up happening at hospital?
Thunder June 28, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Candi, don't blame people who comment on a story that is horribly written. it read like she fell from a freeway sign and also shows one and everybody knows there is only one reason people climb those. The media is a powerful tool and can be a powerful tool that needs to be wielded with the utmost care. that being said, i am sorry for your loss, RIP Maria Estrada.
Patty Aguayo June 29, 2012 at 02:42 AM
Mary Estrada from Salinas? She lived in Salinas before moving to Vegas?please let me know?
Caesar Aniceto June 29, 2012 at 03:36 AM
Plz. Pray for her Family. I will always remember Maria was the Happiest person That I had the Pleasure of ever Meeting. No matter what she was going through she Always had Smile for Everyone she came in Contact with! I Loved Her So Much, she will be Miss as I Miss her. May God Bless Ur Soul, & I know I Have an Angel waiting for me in Heaven! Mahal Kita Maria!
Alexis June 29, 2012 at 06:23 AM
Yes. Her funeral will be in Salinas Tuesday.
Angel V June 29, 2012 at 06:28 PM
People are down right just STUPID...YOU don't think family and friends read this crap your so stupid and mean..I pray for marias family but I also pray for you guys that think somthing like this is a joke..I knew her from costco and she was a great fun person..I will miss her joking with me on thursday when I would see her ....Angel out...

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