Corona pedestrian, 69, ID’d after struck by vehicle on I-15 in Lake Elsinore

LAKE ELSINORE, Calif., — Although few details have been released, authorities have confirmed that an elderly woman who had been walking on the Nichols Avenue off-ramp from the northbound I-15 in Lake Elsinore was fatally struck early Sunday evening, Jan. 9.

Sunday’s deadly accident follows on the heels of another I-15 pedestrian fatality in the same general area, after a man was killed when he leaped in front of an oncoming big rig last Monday, Jan. 3.

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California Highway Patrol and other emergency personnel were alerted to the collision around 5:40 p.m., according to CHP.

Arriving officials found a critically injured woman down near the off-ramp and she was rushed to Inland Valley Medical Center where she succumbed to her injuries and passed away a short time later.

The Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office has since identified Deborah Musquiz, 69, of Corona, as the woman killed in the collision. A Coroner’s release indicated she was pronounced deceased at 6:20 p.m.

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It was not immediately clear if the driver who struck the victim remained at the scene and CHP’s investigation is ongoing.



Contact the writer: trevor.rcns@gmail.com

Trevor Montgomery, 50, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).

Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.

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