Wildomar woman killed in crash on Murrieta Hot Springs

A Wildomar woman was killed Sunday when her vehicle was struck by another car in the intersection of Murrieta Hot Springs Road and Alta Mur...


A Wildomar woman was killed Sunday when her vehicle was struck by another car in the intersection of Murrieta Hot Springs Road and Alta Murrieta Drive, police said.

Jean Leah, 20, was making a left turn from eastbound Murrieta Hot Springs Road onto northbound Alta Murrieta Drive at 9:06 p.m. when her Toyota MR5 was struck by a Chrysler 300 driving westbound on Murrieta Hot Springs Road. According to witnesses, Leah had the right of way. She died on impact.

The collision was witnessed by a Murrieta Police officer who was on routine patrol. Moments earlier, the Chrysler 300 had passed his police car at a high rate of speed in heavy rainfall, according to a news release. The officer attempted to catch up to the vehicle when he saw the vehicle run a red light at Jackson Avenue and continue westbound.

The officer activated his overhead lights but was too far back to get the attention of the vehicle, police said. The Chrysler 300 continued at speeds in excess of 60 mph and ran the red light at Alta Murrieta Road.

The driver of the Chrysler 300, identified as a 17-year-old female from Perris, was transported to Inland Valley Hospital with internal injuries and a broken wrist. She was released from the hospital on Tuesday and was booked by police for vehicular homicide at Juvenile Hall.

Police Traffic Investigator Jennifer Metoyer is looking for witnesses that may have been in the area during this incident. Anyone with information about this incident should call Metoyer at 951-461-6375.

The 17-year-old juvenile arrestee will not be identified by name because of her age.



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