UPDATED: Murrieta woman killed in multi vehicle collision in French Valley, one arrested for DUI

Officers investigate the scene of a fatal crash near the intersection of Winchester and Auld roads. Andy Harris photo
Officers investigate the scene of a fatal crash near the intersection of Winchester and Auld roads. Andy Harris photo

UPDATE: Wednesday, Sept. 6, 5:55 p.m.

A Hemet man was arrested following a three-vehicle collision that ended the life of a local woman, according to a press release issued by the California Highway Patrol late this afternoon.

A 62-year-old woman from Murrieta, who has not been identified pending notification of next of kin,  was killed in the wreck.

The incident, involving a 2002 Chevy Silverado pickup truck, driven by Christopher Barbara, 51, of Hemet, a 2015 Dodge 2500 van, driven by Markis Tokio, 25, of Vista and a 2011 Toyota RAV4 driven by the deceased, was first reported shortly after 10:40 a.m. today.

Brent Schmidt, 46, also of Hemet, was riding in the front passenger seat of the Chevy Silverado when the collision occurred.

Deputy Mike Lassig with the California Highway Patrol said that Barbara was driving the Chevy Silverado southbound on Winchester Road, just north of Auld Road at an undetermined amount of speed, when for unknown reasons, he drifted to the left, crossing the center dividing line.

Officers investigate the scene of a fatal crash near the intersection of Winchester and Auld roads. Andy Harris photo
Officers investigate the scene of a fatal crash near the intersection of Winchester and Auld roads. Andy Harris photo

Barbara’s truck struck the Toyota RAV4 – which was headed northbound in the No. 2 lane at approximately 50 mph – head on. After the two vehicles collided, the Toyota overturned and struck the Dodge van, Lassig said.

The driver of the Toyota perished from her injuries. Barbara, Schmidt and Tokio were all transported to an area hospital  for treatment of moderate to minor injuries.

The three-car collision blocked all lanes of traffic on Winchester Road prompting the California Highway Patrol to issue a Sig Alert closing Winchester Road between Benton and Auld roads for approximately four hours while they conducted an investigation.

Barbara was placed under arrest for suspected driving under the influence and was booked into the Southwest Detention Center. A court records search shows no prior criminal convictions in Riverside County.

The incident remains under investigation and anyone with information should contact the California Highway Patrol Temecula office at (951) 506-2000.

UPDATE: Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2:34 p.m.

The California Highway Patrol has announced that Winchester Road between Auld and Benton roads should be reopening at approximately 2:40 p.m.

The road was closed following a multi vehicle collision that occurred this morning shortly after 10:40 a.m. which resulted in the fatality of one person and the injury of three others.

The three-car collision blocked all lanes of traffic on Winchester Road prompting the California Highway Patrol to issue a Sig Alert closing the roadway.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Officers investigate the scene of a fatal crash near the intersection of Winchester and Auld roads. Andy Harris photo
Officers investigate the scene of a fatal crash near the intersection of Winchester and Auld roads. Andy Harris photo

An accident near the intersection of Auld and Winchester Roads has claimed the life of one person, according to a Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department incident report.

The multi vehicle crash was first reported shortly after 10:40 a.m. today.

The first responding engine company reported three vehicles were involved in the crash, Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department Spokeswoman Tawny Cabral reported.

“One victim perished at the scene and three victims with moderate injuries were transported to area hospitals by ground ambulance,” she wrote in an incident report issued by the agency.

The collision blocked all lanes of traffic on Winchester Road prompting the California Highway Patrol to issue a Sig Alert closing the roadway.

“Winchester Road is closed both north and southbound between Benton and Auld roads,” CHP Spokesman Mike Lassig said.

Traffic will be diverted onto Auld Road and over to Benton Road, Lassig said.

Murrieta PD and the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department are working in conjunction with CHP to divert traffic around the scene which will remain closed for at least two hours until the investigation into the incident is completed.

Lassig is advising all motorists to avoid the area until the scene has been cleared.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

20 Responses to "UPDATED: Murrieta woman killed in multi vehicle collision in French Valley, one arrested for DUI"

  1. robert goldin   September 6, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    Was the over turned white PU where the victim was?

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    • Kim Harris   September 6, 2017 at 1:37 pm

      At this time no victim information has been released. We will update the story as soon as we have that. KH

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      • Collan   September 8, 2017 at 2:04 pm

        This is crazy i saw all the cops and ambulances and fire truck headed there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        And is this ok if i use it for school??

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        • Kim Harris   September 8, 2017 at 2:33 pm

          Hi Collan,
          Send me an email at [email protected] and check out the story I just posted on it. KH

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  2. christine a spataro   September 6, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    The CHP need to issue far more speeding tickets. If you don’t drive at least 75 on Winchester rd. You take a chance of getting run off the road by some fool who has no regard for anyone else. It should be saturated with CHP to force everyone to slow down….

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  3. robert goldin   September 6, 2017 at 2:10 pm

    The victim was in the Silver SUV. The driver of the White PU caused the accident by driving the wrong way. Tragic.

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  4. James   September 6, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    I appreciate the updated story but is it possible to add a timestamp so we know when this update was written? Thank you.

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    • Kim Harris   September 6, 2017 at 2:30 pm

      no time stamp since CHP called immediately after we published and we only changed the headline and added two quotes. The roadway is still closed and will remain that way until approximately 2:40 p.m. KH

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      • James   September 6, 2017 at 2:39 pm

        OK, thank you for the closure estimate. That is very helpful.

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        • Kim Harris   September 7, 2017 at 3:51 am

          You are welcome. This is just a sad situation all around. KH

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  5. Theresa Matthews   September 6, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    Maybe someday CalTrans will finally take the time and realign and improve this road. I moved out here in 2001 and had to try to make a left turn out of Thompson, Los Alamos, Leon with NO signal. Past the newer homes north of Thompson the speed is 65. The lower end is 55. This road has been a deadly stretch for ever. It has not been touched in over 10 years. The pavement is terrible. It moves dips, moves left to right, in general needs work. But I am quite sure they have the same attitude about it as they did in earlier 2000s, “It doesn’t matter how many people die”. How much money in TUMF dollars that could be spent and has not is there?

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  6. Mo   September 6, 2017 at 5:51 pm

    talking about speeding, it sounds like it was not a speeding problem, but rather a driver driving the wrong way. Some people just don’t give a damn how they drive, and with the town growing you will get more and more of those individuals. No solution, but best precaution is to be a defensive driver. Many times I have been almost ran off the road because someone put on their blinker and automatically believes it means everyone stop and let me switch lanes. It all comes down to defensive driving and respecting the laws. Speeding and not giving a damn such as running red lights and cutting people off are just contributing factors.

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  7. MissPam   September 6, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    The deceased person was one of my good friends and I am completely devastated, .she was an amazing person who did not deserve to have her life ended so tragically, especially if it was by the negligence of someone who chose to drive under the influence…this tragedy has changed my life and the life of her loving family forever!!!

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    • Kim Harris   September 7, 2017 at 3:50 am

      We are sorry for your loss Miss Pam. DUI takes way too many innocent lives, we cannot stress that enough. This is tragedy that never should have happened. Prayers to you and to her family. KH

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  8. TDub   September 7, 2017 at 10:07 am

    very sad for all the victims involved. we know the suspect will spend many years behind bars and this event will effect many. I know that road is crazy most days. I try not to drive on it very much. I believe they should at least put center dividers in place to keep things like this from happening.

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  9. Gkohl   September 7, 2017 at 10:16 am

    Miss Pam I am so sorry for your loss may God bless you and her family and keep you all safe it’s not fair that her life was taking much less the way it was taking…..and I hope that Christopher Barbara gets what he deserves in jail the maximum sentence because he wasn’t being logically aware of his surroundings and decided to drink and drive…. Again Pam I am very sorry but when you feel sad look up to the sky as your friend will be an angel in heaven smiling down at you….,

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  10. Steven Dalton   September 7, 2017 at 5:22 pm

    Could you please send me any updates you get? My wife and I are friends of the woman in the RAV4 . We are devastated! My wife and her have been like sisters for over 35 years!

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    • Kim Harris   September 8, 2017 at 7:26 am

      Hi Steven, I am so sorry for you and your wife’s loss. Such a tragic senseless incident. We will update the story as details are released. KH

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  11. Bummed   September 8, 2017 at 12:35 am

    I live on the Borel Ranch where the moose lodge and the church reside. I always fear that left turn out of my driveway to go to Stater brothers. My husband says go right toward auld road and go around to be safe. Well, I’m gonna re think that route. This road is crazy. All day I hear sirens. What is the matter with people. Pay attention for Christ sakes

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  12. R   September 8, 2017 at 5:12 pm

    Like a mother to me for over 20 years. Best friends with her son since first grade.

    Devastated.

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