One dead, four injured after fatal Temecula crash
CORRECTED: The victim killed in this collision was driving westbound on Madera De Playa Rd. when this accident occurred, not northbound on Calle Contento, as originally reported.
From CHP’s incident report: “On Saturday, May 16, 2020, at approximately 1650 hours, Party # 1 (Jeffers) was driving Vehicle # 1 westbound on Madera De Playa Road and was approaching a stop sign at the intersection of Calle Contento. Party # 2 (Mills) was driving Vehicle # 2 northbound on Calle Contento approaching the intersection with Madera De Playa Road at approximately 35 mph. The northbound and southbound traffic lanes on Calle Contento were not controlled by stop signs. For unknown reasons at this time, Party # 1 failed to stop at the stop sign, causing Vehicle # 1 to pull out into the intersection directly in front of Vehicle # 2’s path of travel. Party # 2 was unable to avoid Vehicle # 1, causing Vehicle # 2’s front end to collide into Vehicle # 1’s driver’s side door area.”
TEMECULA, Calif. — Authorities say a 50-year-old woman was killed after a two-vehicle crash in Temecula Saturday afternoon, May 16.
The deadly accident, which injured four other people – ages 62, 60, 59, and 57, sending three to the hospital with minor injuries – happened at the intersection of Calle Contento and Madera De Playa Rd.
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CHP, along with Cal Fire and other emergency personnel, were dispatched to the scene around 4:50 p.m., after receiving reports of a two-vehicle traffic collision, CHP Officer Earl later reported.
911 callers told emergency dispatchers that one victim was critically injured and trapped inside her vehicle, and other victims were possibly trapped in the second vehicle.
When officials arrived at the crash site they found two wrecked vehicles, described by CHP as a 2007 Mercedes-Benz E350 and a 2018 Ford Expedition.
Officials located five victims, including one from the Mercedes and four from the Ford, and began evaluating and treating their injuries.
Based on the victims’ injuries, officials at the scene requested an air ambulance for the critically injured driver of the Mercedes and several ground ambulances for the other victims from the Ford.
After being extricated from her vehicle the driver of the Mercedes, since identified as Michelle Jeffers, 50, of Temecula, was air lifted to Inland Valley Medical Center in Wildomar, where she succumbed to her injuries and passed away several hours later.
A coroner’s release indicated Jeffers was pronounced deceased at 9:08 p.m.
The driver of the Ford and two of his passengers were eventually transported by ground ambulances to Inland Valley Medical Center where they were treated for minor injuries. A third passenger from the Ford was treated at the scene for minor injuries and declined further medical treatment, according to Cal Fire.
During their subsequent investigation, CHP determined Jeffers was traveling westbound on Madera De Playa Rd. approaching the intersection of Calle Contento in her Mercedes just before the accident.
At the same time, Darnell Mills, 60, of Murrieta was traveling northbound on Calle Contento with three passengers in his Ford and was approaching the same intersection.
The northbound and southbound traffic lanes on Calle Contento were not controlled by stop signs, according to Earl.
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For unknown reasons, Jeffers failed to stop at the posted stop sign and entered the intersection directly in front of the oncoming Ford driven by Mills, who was traveling approximately 35 mph.
Mills was unable to avoid Jeffer’s Mercedes and smashed into her driver’s side door area, according to Earl; who used the opportunity to remind area residents to pay attention to traffic signs and signals, saying, “It is imperative for traffic safety.”
CHP’s investigation is ongoing.
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