WINCHESTER – The coroner’s office today publicly identified a 30-year-old Perris woman who was killed in a two-car crash at a Winchester intersection.
The fatality occurred at 6:10 a.m. Thursday at Simpson Road and Whittier Avenue, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Officer Darren Meyer said the victim was driving her 1992 Toyota Camry northbound on Whittier and entered Simpson without yielding. He said Francis Brohamer, 43, of Murrieta was at the wheel of a 2010 Honda Accord headed eastbound on Simpson and had virtually no time to brake when the Camry crossed in front of him.
The Honda slammed into the driver’s side of the Camry, Meyer said, and the victim was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics about 20 minutes later. She was identified as Almira Arrellanes.
Brohamer suffered minor injuries but declined to be taken to a hospital for treatment, according to Riverside County fire officials.
The south half of Whittier that connects to Simpson is a “non-county, unimproved private road,” Meyer said, explaining why there is no stop sign at the intersection. “We’re going to be investigating whether alcohol or drugs were involved, whether she was fatigued, whether there was a mechanical issue with the car, or maybe the lighting conditions had something to do with it,”‘ he said.
As of Saturday morning, there were no updates on the investigation.