Victim of fatal hit-and-run collision in Aguanga identified

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AGUANGA (CNS) – The coroner’s office on Saturday identified a 63-year-old woman who was killed in a collision in Aguanga caused by a hit-and-run driver who slammed into her car after impacting another vehicle and losing control at high speed.
The wreck happened about 6:15 a.m. Friday on state Route 371 north of Wilson Valley Road, the California Highway Patrol said.
The victim, identified as Joan Terlisner of Aguanga, was driving her 2001 Mercedes Benz southbound on the highway when the suspect, whose identity and whereabouts remain unknown, approached from the opposite direction.
The man was at the wheel of a 2011 Nissan Versa, going at “a high rate of speed,” Officer Mike Lassig said.
He said the suspect’s four-door sedan struck the rear of a 1986 Toyota pickup ahead of him and spun out of control, veering into oncoming traffic.
“The (suspect’s) vehicle collided into the Mercedes … which caused it to travel into the northbound lane before rolling over onto the shoulder east of the roadway edge,” Lassig said.
He said the Nissan then overturned on the westbound shoulder of the highway, but the suspect managed to extricate himself from the smashed car and ran southbound.
Riverside County Fire Department paramedics arrived a few minutes later and pronounced Terlisner dead at the scene.
The two occupants of the pickup were not injured.
The suspect was described as white, 25-30 years old, wearing a black beanie on his head and a dark-colored hoodie sweatshirt. He may have visible injuries stemming from the crash.
Anyone with information was asked to call the CHP Temecula office at 951-506-2000.