Riverside County Coroner's Office Investigating Accidental Death of Woman in Crash
CABAZON, California — The Riverside County Coroner's Office initially declined to identify the woman killed in a horrible tractor-trailer accident on Interstate 10 eastbound according to the Press-Enterprise.The preliminary investigation conducted by the California Highway Patrol revealed that the 53-year-old woman, subsequently identified as Sonia Hernandez from Rialto, clipped the front of a tractor-trailer rig and casting her off of the road surface. The reason why the crash occurred remains under investigation. The tractor-trailer operator, James Nixon from Woodstock, Georgia, was uninjured.*
The fatal crash took place on Interstate 10 eastbound, to the east of Banning, California. Officials from the California Highway Patrol say that Ms.Hernandez was driving a 2007 Dodge Nitro when she changed lanes unexpectedly. As she changed lanes, the woman clipped the front of Nixon's semi-truck and went off of the road. Witnesses say the Dodge Nitro SUV spun out and then flipped over after striking the tractor-trailer truck.
The violence of the collision propelled the Dodgedown a small embankment which is on the south side of the Interstate. The vehicle ultimately came to rest at an intersection off of the Freeway. A follow-up article from the Press Enterprise indicated that the intersection is Main and Railroad Avenue.
Ms. Hernandez became trapped in the car. The first responders indicated that she was declared deceased at the scene of the crash. The 47-year-old truck driver from Georgia was uninjured.
The California Highway Patrol investigators continue to seek answers as to why the fatal crash occurred. California Highway Patrol officials speculated that Ms. Hernandez was trying to pass the tractor-trailer truck and misjudged the distance, thereby causing the crash. Law enforcement officials did say that Ms. Hernandez was the lone occupant of her vehicle. Officers have not said if any drugs or alcohol might have contributed to the incident, which remains under investigation.
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