CHP: Woman killed in crash east of Temecula failed to yield at intersection


TEMECULA (CNS) – A 50-year-old woman fatally injured in a collision just east of Temecula failed to yield at an intersection and drove into the path of another vehicle that had the right of way, authorities said today.

Michelle Jeffers of Temecula died at a hospital several hours after the late Saturday afternoon crash at Madeira de Playa Drive and Calle Contento, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Officer Mike Lassig said that just before 5 p.m., Jeffers was westbound on Madeira de Playa in her 2007 Mercedes-Benz E350 and “for unknown reasons at this time, failed to stop at the stop sign.”

According to Lassig, 60-year-old Darnell Mills of Murrieta was northbound on Calle Contento in his 2018 Ford Expedition, traveling roughly 35 mph with no stop sign at which to yield, when the victim’s sedan suddenly drove into his path.

“(Mills) was unable to avoid the Mercedes, causing the SUV’s front end to collide into the driver’s side of the sedan,” the officer said.

Riverside County Fire Department crews arrived within a few minutes and found Jeffers clinging to life. She was airlifted to Inland Valley Medical Center in Wildomar, where she died four hours later.

Lassig said Mills and his three passengers suffered minor injuries and were treated and released from the same hospital that evening.

The collision remains under investigation.