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UPDATE: Fatal Accident Reported on I-215 North in Menifee

The crash was reported at 12:10 p.m. just north of Newport Road and south of McCall Boulevard.

and a Murrieta woman suffered major injuries in a single-car crash Tuesday on northbound Intestate 215 in Menifee.

The rollover crash was reported at about 12:10 p.m. south of McCall Boulevard, according the California Highway Patrol. The four-door 1993 Mercedes-Benz sedan went off the roadway and landed upside down in a ditch.

The vehicle was traveling northbound at about 70 mph when it drifted toward the center divide for unknown reasons, according to CHP spokesman Nathan Baer. The driver may have overcorrected, which caused a loss of control, he said.

During the crash, the car became airborne, hit a dirt embankment and overturned, Baer added. The vehicle's three occupants were not wearing safety belts, he said.

Two men were confirmed dead at the scene; a 21-year-old Murrieta woman was partially ejected and was transported to a nearby hospital with life-threatening injuries.

One of the men was ejected and suffered major fatal head injuries, Baer said. The other man died inside the car, he said. Their identities have not been released by authorities, however the vehicle was registered out of Canyon Lake, according to Baer.

A sig alert was issued at 12:49 p.m. for the number two northbound lane. It is  scheduled to remain closed until approximately 3 p.m.

Traffic was backed up for at least a mile and a half on the northbound freeway. Cal Trans was being asked to divert motorists onto Newport Road.

Daniel Lane and Toni McAllister contributed to this report.

big aunt harry mary June 23, 2012 at 08:39 AM
have they actually determined who was driving ? looks like someone is catching all the heat ....phil was friend of mine too.. i dont know that i had met johnny but, its likely that had been with phil while bidding on cars at the auctions we went to. its a cryin shame that 2 people died and left so many people at a huge loss. at least one of them will survive this nasty accident. to kathy; im truly sorry about the loss of your son. i have 1 child and i dont know what i'de do if i lost her. not that is any consolation but, at least you still have the other 2 kids.. and youre not alone to deal with all this. i hope things get better for you and, for phils family. no one deserves to go thru something like this.. IF-- the girl was driving, she has alot to deal with too. knowing 2 lives were lost possibly at her hands, is something she will have to live with forever. IF SHE WAS THE REASON FOR ALL THIS.. i dont know for a fact who was driving.
Mary M June 24, 2012 at 08:03 AM
I am Phil's former wife of 19 years and the mother of his four sons. Phil was not driving the car. I want to thank the medic, Daniel H. For praying over them and for letting us know he did not suffer. We find comfort in knowing that. God rest his soul.
mark larue June 24, 2012 at 04:46 PM
i am johnny dad mark.very few people know the truth what happened.the investagation report will be handed over to the district attorney and the true facts will come out.in the early seventys i signed up to go to fight for this country during the viet nam war and that was a party compared to this.i promise justice will be served and my son johnny will get justice.nicole took my sons life.code of brotherhood a eye for a eye tooth for a tooth...rest in peace johnny.love you forever
Mary M June 25, 2012 at 03:12 PM
Reject Mary M 8:04 am on Monday, June 25, 2012 The night Phil died someone ransacked his house and stole everything of value. Who are these monsters? The two things my boys really want back is his pool cue and laptop. There are hundreds of family photos stored in it. Anyone knowing any information please contact me Want to leave a comment?
KATHY FITZPATRICK June 28, 2012 at 01:06 AM
If you have the time please read the last 2 comments I left on the other article on this site. Thank You.

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