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Eight cars involved in chain reaction collision on Interstate 15 near Border Patrol checkpoint in Temecula

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013
Issue 51, Volume 17.

TEMECULA - Eight vehicles were involved in a chain-reaction collision on southbound Interstate 15 near the Border Patrol checkpoint in Temecula this morning, Wed., Dec. 18.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the collision occurred at approximately 5:30 a.m.

Timothy McKay, 45, of Temecula was driving a 2014 Ford when he began to slow down due to a collision that occurred ahead of him. The driver behind him, Dusty Edwards, 39, of Temecula, applied his brakes but could not stop his 2008 Toyota in time, striking the Ford. The third vehicle, a 2008 Nissan, driven by David Mesek, 60, of Murrieta, could also not be stopped in time and struck the Toyota. Vehicle number four, a 2006 Mercedes, driven by Arlan Hernandez, 39, of Temecula, encountered the same scenario and could not stop in time before striking the Nissan. The fifth vehicle, a 2003 Ford, driven by James Sjuneson, 36, of Temecula, could also not be stopped in time, striking the Mercedes. The sixth vehicle, a 2007 Advertisement
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Toyota, driven by 29-year-old Aaron Mochizuki of Temecula, suffered the same consequence and struck the Ford ahead of it. The seventh vehicle, a 2006 Toyota, driven by William Craven, 27, of Temecula, then struck the Toyota ahead of it. At that point, Gregory Walker, 40, of Temecula, who was driving a 2009 Harley Davidson, applied his brakes but but lost control of the motorcycle.

"[Walker] was partially ejected from the motorcycle," the CHP said.

As a result of the collision, the fifth vehicle, the 2003 Ford, driven by Sjuneson, rolled onto it's roof and struck the roadway surface. Vehicle number seven, the 2006 Toyota driven by Craven, also came to rest on its roof.

The only individual reporting an injury (minor) was Sjuneson, who stated he had neck pain as a result of the crash.

As a result of the incident, three southbound lanes were blocked for over an hour while authorities investigated the incident and had vehicles removed from the area. The roadway was fully reopened by approximately 7;20 a.m.



Comment Profile ImageOoops
Comment #1 | Wednesday, Dec 18, 2013 at 3:22 pm
5:30 a.m. on the SB I-15's a wonder this doesn't happen every morning.
Comment Profile ImageDaniel R
Comment #2 | Wednesday, Dec 18, 2013 at 7:02 pm
I leave my house from Temecula at around 5:15 am every morning but today I was running 20 minutes late, thank God for that! I've been driving this route at the same time for over 4 years, and year after year traffic gets worse and worse. Most of the problems that happen on the roads are due to tail gating. People are simply dumb drivers checking their cells not paying attention to the road. When the car in front of you slows down and the car behind is occupied on the cell phone, these are the results. Kind of scary driving these roads with some of these people sharing the road.
Comment Profile ImageJoker
Comment #3 | Wednesday, Dec 18, 2013 at 8:49 pm
@Ooops, it would be grand if it happened everyday, then maybe we could have our freeway back. That does sound a bit mean, but all them folks from Riverside drive likes there's no tomorrow and are very rude on the local roads and highways in San Diego County.
Comment Profile ImageGizmo
Comment #4 | Wednesday, Dec 18, 2013 at 9:21 pm's a wonder this doesn't happen every morning. Ooops is right. Most people drive much too close to the car in front. They think they are Nascar drivers drafting each other, combine that with the uphill section and wammo. I have seen close calls it almost happen there many times.
Comment Profile ImageOld
Comment #5 | Thursday, Dec 19, 2013 at 4:02 am
The problem is to many people. In the 1960s I drove round trip everyday from Fallbrook to Anaheim. Some mornings I would not see another car before I reached Corona.
Comment Profile ImageMay B Wright
Comment #6 | Thursday, Dec 19, 2013 at 7:30 am
Buy a cheap house then have to wake up extra early to drive to work miles away, your half asleep, speeding, tailgating, cant see that being a problem....SSA
Comment Profile Image#6 is right
Comment #7 | Thursday, Dec 19, 2013 at 12:01 pm
Comment Profile Imagegrunt
Comment #8 | Thursday, Dec 19, 2013 at 4:12 pm
Just think, if our mass transit money were to put a high speed train down the I-15 Temecula to Escondido ot San Diego how much (many?) fewer cars would be there. Instead we have a slow trolley in SD and a RR from nowhere to nowhere.
Comment Profile ImageFR86
Comment #9 | Friday, Dec 20, 2013 at 11:08 am
To Grunt:

We'll said.......Urban Planning these days is an Oxymoron.

Rather than spend our tax dollars on more freeways and traffic control systems that only add to air pollution and urban sprawl the $$$$$$$ should be invested in usable rapid transit systems that connect the industrial/business and residential if I lived in Temecula I could get anywhere I needed in California. They have these types of systems in Europe and Japan so it can be done.

Instead we keep doing the same behaviors and expect a different result.......that's called INSANITY.

California is already a 3rd world country.....let's all wake up!!!
Comment Profile ImagePreston
Comment #10 | Saturday, Dec 21, 2013 at 1:01 pm
The problem (other than texting) is following to close.
The average speed on 15 is often close to 80MPH and the average distance between cars is what you would expect for traffic traveling 25MPH. At 80 you need at least 8 car lengths (3-4 seconds) between vehicles.
Comment Profile ImageZZZ
Comment #11 | Sunday, Dec 22, 2013 at 1:53 pm
DR Horton is planning 750 homes 76/I-15, it's only going to get worse!!

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