Vehicle strikes pedestrian in Temecula, leaves woman with ‘significant injuries’; Ynez Rd. closed during investigation

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A single vehicle accident that took place on the morning of Wednesday, Jan. 29 left a pedestrian with “significant injuries,” according to a sheriff’s official.

At approximately 6 a.m., a 34-year-old female was walking to work when a vehicle struck her, stated Sgt. Dean Spivacke of the Temecula Police Department.

“[An] employee of Abbott Labs was crossing the street when a female driver (age still in question) of a gray Hyundai, four door sedan, who was heading southbound on Ynez, struck and seriously wounded her,” said Sgt. Spivacke.

While the woman suffered serious injuries, it was reported that they were not life-threatening.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

“Right now, we are not sure if the driver failed to stop at the light, or if the pedestrian went against the light, so we are still trying to determine the cause and who is at fault,” said Sgt. Spivacke.

All lanes on Ynez Rd. from Overland Dr. to Solana Way remained closed during the investigation.

Single car accident involving pedestrian shuts down Ynez Rd.

At approximately 6 a.m. on Wednesday morning, January 29, a single car accident involving a pedestrian occurred on Ynez Rd. in the southbound direction just in front of the Abbott Vascular building.

According to sheriff’s officials that are on the scene, Ynez Rd. will remain closed at Overland Drive through Solana Way until 10 a.m. this morning.

The Valley News will update this story as information becomes available.

15 Responses to "Vehicle strikes pedestrian in Temecula, leaves woman with ‘significant injuries’; Ynez Rd. closed during investigation"

  1. Reality Checker   January 29, 2014 at 11:49 am

    VN Staff, check your day/date in the story. Wednesday is the 29th, not Tuesday. Just wanted to give feedback, not necessarily criticism. You all do a fantastic job! Way better than any other local papers I’ve ever seen.

    EDITOR’S NOTE: Thank you, Reality. We have made the change to reflect the correct day and date in the story. We appreciate your feedback.

  2. Concerned   January 29, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    We are all praying for our co-worker.

  3. Saddened   January 29, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    I have dreaded crossing that street since working here because of the traffic on Ynez. Our prayers are with our co-worker.

  4. David A   January 29, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Are there any updates on the victim or the driver?

    EDITOR’S NOTE: At this time, no other information has been released.

  5. Concerned   January 29, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    The whole point of the bridge. I was almost hit crossing that street before they built the bridge. Thankfully she Will be ok. Lesson learned the hard way

  6. Sorry to hear   January 29, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    I also heard the driver was an employee as well. Can anyone confirm that? its a scary situation. Everyone should use the bridge. I cringe every time I see someone walking across that intersection(includes the workers who ride the golf cart too!

  7. A 54 yr old Grandmother   January 30, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Terrible thing to happen. Its a nice big wide street and even if she was jay walking the car had to have seen her? I don’t get it. :/ Hope she heals up and my prayers are with her.

    What is going on today since like 930am? Since then we have had that time for about 1/2 hour then again at about noon, the helicopter going over and over and around and around. Seems like anywhere in the vicinity of the Mall and North of there? NorthWest, or Northeast of the Mall. Enough for them to be in the air for at least half hour each time. Around 930am, and then noon. Anyone hear anything?

  8. Involved   January 30, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Please continue to pray for our co worker. The driver was not an Abbott employee. The victim is still in critical condition.

  9. me   January 30, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    AccorDing the friends at Abbott the woman hit is in critical condition. They had to put her in a coma for surgery and now she is in ICU because get brain is swelling. It does not look good. Pray for the family, the woman hit, And for the woman in the car. She is the one who is going to have to live with what had happened.

  10. concerned   January 31, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    Any updates on the pedestrian??

  11. me too   January 31, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    Appatently shes still in rough shape but she should be doing fine with a long road of recovery ahead of her

  12. Involved   January 31, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    Actually she does not have swelling in her brain. It is a miracle that she doesn’t but she is under a lot of medication to keep her sleep. She was not put in a coma. She is going to have surgery so please just keep praying. She is doing very good so far. Stay positive for their families.

  13. us   January 31, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    She’s fine. She will fully recover.

  14. Involved   January 31, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    The employee is still in critical condition however she does NOT have swelling in her brain. That was the biggest miracle to be has. She will have surgery and only because she continues to be stable & she’s not in a coma

  15. Roby Elaine Barrido's cousin   February 1, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    My thoughts and prayer goes out to her. I’ll pray for her speedy recovery.


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