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Murrieta woman killed in six-vehicle crash on I-15, one arrested for DUI

Wildomar man's truck crashes into Temecula City Hall parking structure

 

Last updated 6/5/2019 at 1:46pm

Julie Reeder

First responders work the scene of a six-vehicle collision on Interstate 15, Tuesday, June 4, where a Murrieta woman was killed and a man was arrested for driving under the influence.

UPDATED: Tuesday, June 4, 11:15 p.m.

The Riverside County Coroner's office has released the name of the victim in the six-car crash on Tuesday, June 4.

Janet Genao, 44, of Murrieta was pronounced dead just minutes after the crash caused by a man believed to be under the influence of drugs and driving at a high rate of speed.

Not other details were made available.

UPDATED: Tuesday, June 4, 3:30 p.m.

California Highway Patrol spokesman Officer Mike Lassig released the collision report pertaining to the six-vehicle crash on Interstate 15 south of Rancho California Road in Temecula just before 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 4.

The crash claimed the life of a 44-year-old Murrieta woman when Javier Caldera, 25, the driver of a 2011 Chevrolet Silverado, slammed at a high rate of speed into the back of her 2015 Nissan Altima, causing fatal injuries.

The name of the victim has not yet been released publicly.

According to Officer Lassig, Caldera, of Auburn, Washington, who was uninjured in the crash, was later determined to be under the influence of drugs and was booked into Southwest Detention Facility.

After Caldera's Silverado slammed into the back of the Altima, it started a chain reaction, causing Mike Rivera-Aguilar's Chevrolet S-10 pickup to leave the roadway and collide with the Temecula City Hall parking structure. Rivera-Aguilar, 38, of Wildomar, suffered major injuries in the crash and was transported to Inland Valley Medical Center.

Sidney Lee Graves, 35, of Brandon, Mississippi was driving a 2015 Chevrolet Tahoe and Jae Woo Chung, 55 of Irvine, was driving a 2017 Tesla Model S, when they were both struck. Both Graves and Chung suffered minor injuries and were transported by ambulance to Inland Valley Medical Center.

Curtis Lee Dozier, 50, of El Cajon was driving his 2017 Toyota Camry that was involved in the crash, but he reported no injuries and drove away from the scene.

The Temecula Area California Highway Patrol is investigating the collision.

UPDATED:Tuesday, June 4, 11:45 a.m.

All lanes are now open, but residual traffic on Interstate 15 is still causing delays.

UPDATED:Tuesday, June 4, 11 a.m.

TEMECULA - One woman is dead and several others were injured today in a multi-vehicle collision on Interstate 15 that sent one vehicle careening into the parking structure at Temecula City Hall.

According to California Highway Patrol spokesman Officer Mike Lassig, one person was arrested for suspicion of DUI following the collision.

The crash occurred a little before 7:30 a.m. on southbound I-15 past Rancho California Road, according to the Riverside County Fire Department and the California Highway Patrol.

According to the CHP, a vehicle cut across multiple lanes of the freeway and into the path of another vehicle that went off the road and slammed into the Temecula City Hall parking structure, located just west of the freeway.

Another vehicle was also hit, but that car was apparently not badly damaged.

One woman, who has not been identified pending notification of next of kin, was fatally injured, one person had major injuries and several others were hospitalized, Lassig said.

Another two people involved in the crash escaped injury, authorities said.

In all five vehicles were involved in the collision which continues to snarl traffic.

Officers initially shut down all lanes of southbound I-15 in the area, as well as the southbound ramp from Rancho California Road to the freeway. The far right lane of the freeway was reopened a little less than an hour after the crash, according to the CHP.

A Sigalert was issued, and traffic was clogged on southbound I-15 and I-215 through Temecula and Murrieta as of late morning, but both the No. 2 and No. 4 lane are now open, which should help to alleviate some of the congestion.

UPDATED:Tuesday, June 4, 10:30 a.m.

TEMECULA - One person was killed and several others were injured today in a collision on Interstate 15 that sent one car careening into a parking structure at Temecula City Hall.

The crash occurred a little before 7:30 a.m. on southbound I-15 past Rancho California Road, according to the Riverside County Fire Department and the California Highway Patrol.

According to the CHP, a vehicle cut across multiple lanes of the freeway and into the path of another vehicle that went off the road and slammed into the Temecula City Hall parking structure, located just west of the freeway.

Another vehicle was also hit, but that car was apparently not badly damaged.

One person was fatally injured, two people were hospitalized with serious injuries, and two others had minor injuries, according to the fire department.

Another two people involved in the crash escaped injury, authorities said.

Officers initially shut down all lanes of southbound I-15 in the area, as well as the southbound ramp from Rancho California Road to the freeway. The far right lane of the freeway was reopened a little less than an hour after the crash, according to the CHP.

A Sigalert was issued, and traffic was clogged on southbound I-15 and I-215 through Temecula and Murrieta as of late morning.

ORIGINAL STORY

Shane Gibson photo

A vehicle involved in an accident on southbound I-15 is taken away on a tow truck in Old Town Temecula after it was sent flying into the Civic Center parking structure on Tuesday, June 4.

TEMECULA - Authorities are reporting that one person has died, two others were seriously injured and two others suffered minor injuries in a crash on southbound Interstate 15, south of Rancho California Road around 7:30 Tuesday, June 4.

One vehicle left the roadway, slamming into the side of the parking structure at Temecula City Hall, according to the CHP incident log, which also reported debris and vehicles across all southbound lanes of the interstate.

The collision caused a hard closure of all southbound lanes on I-15 for about an hour. Eventually Lane No. 4 was reopened for commuters, but as of 10:15 a.m. the incident, which is still under investigation, is causing major back-ups for commuters driving south on I-15. Traffic is reportedly backed up past Clinton Keith Road and commuters should expect delays.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

 

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