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Murrieta Man Dies in Crash With Big Rig on I-15 at Murrieta-Temecula Border

Juan Duran, Jr., was named as the deceased in a report late Friday from the Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner's Office.

The crash scene, Jan. 17, 2014. Photo/Daniel Lane
The crash scene, Jan. 17, 2014. Photo/Daniel Lane

A 30-year-old Murrieta man died Friday when his pick-up truck collided into a big rig on southbound Interstate 15 at the Murrieta-Temecula border, a California Highway Patrol officer said.

Juan Duran, Jr., was named as the deceased in a report late Friday from the Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner's Office.

The fatal wreck was reported at 11:02 a.m. just north of the Winchester Road/Highway 79 North exit, in the Warm Springs Creek area according to CHP Temecula Area Spokesman Nathan Baer.

The crash—resulting in a traffic jam on the freeway as well as on surface streets in Murrieta—involved a 2005 Chevrolet Avalanche driven by the Murrieta man, and a freightliner being driven by a 22-year-old man from Moreno Valley, Baer stated in a news release. 

“This collision remains under investigation at this time," Baer said. 

Paramedics with CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department and the Murrieta Fire Department responded to the crash within five minutes, according to Matt Corelli, spokesman for Murrieta Fire.

"The driver of the big rig felt a jolt, looked behind him and the Chevy Avalanche was actually pinned under the truck," Corelli said. 

The crash fell within Murrieta city limits, according to Corelli, who said CAL FIRE/Riverside County Fire Department also responded because it is a mutual aid area.

According to Corelli, CAL FIRE was first on scene and discovered the Chevrolet underneath the big rig.

Crews prepared to extricate the trapped driver of the Avalanche and determined that he had perished upon impact, Corelli said.

There were no passengers in Avalanche, according to Corelli.

The driver of the big rig, an 18-wheeler with the label, "Greg's Trucking" was not injured, Corelli said.

A sigalert was issued for the roadway. The wreckage blocked the number five lane, the lane farthest to the right.

Southbound traffic along Interstates 15 and 215 was congested from Murrieta. 

Traffic was also heavy on Jefferson Avenue, Madison Avenue and Murrieta Hot Springs Road in Murrieta, likely due to motorists trying to avoid the freeway.

CHP quickly began an investigation into what may have triggered the crash.

Baer told Patch that preliminary information indicated the big rig was traveling south near Warm Springs Creek in the far right lane when the Avalanche, also traveling south, rear-ended it.

"...The Avalanche was traveling at an undetermined speed and for an undetermined reason, he was unable to brake in time as the big rig was slowing for traffic that had slowed ahead," Baer said.

The wreckage was mostly confined to the right side of the freeway, with four other lanes remaining open, but motorists were slowing to glance at the crash site, he said.

The front end of the Avalanche was underneath the rear end of the big rig.

“It’s a very traumatic crash, there’s a lot of damage,” said Baer, while on scene.

The wreckage was cleared and the blocked lane was reopened by about 2 p.m. Friday, Baer said.

—Daniel Lane contributed to this report.

Last updated at 9:49 p.m. Jan. 17; originally posted at 11:45 a.m. Jan. 17, 2014

Sherry January 17, 2014 at 04:37 PM
I hope this wasn't a TEXTING accident. My husband called to tell me about this and said it was horrible. How tragic. Sympathies to the family, relatives, and friends of this young man.
LBV Collins January 17, 2014 at 05:17 PM
My sympathies to the victim's family and friends. (I hope the improved off ramp will alleviate these incidents.)
M. Lee Davis January 17, 2014 at 05:22 PM
This is a very dangerous section of roadway. My office is adjacent to where the collision took place. I hear people locking up their brakes several time a day and horns blaring from people cutting each other off. People from the 215 are traveling at 50-60 mph and they are not paying attention to whats in front of them and looking to their left to merge over as to not get stuck in the right lane that exits at Winchester ave. This is most likely the situation here. In four years at this office this is the 2nd fatality in this same exact spot. The other was a 70'somthing year old man who rear ended a BMW at about 70 MPH.
marla January 17, 2014 at 05:40 PM
Was wondering what all the traffic on Jefferson was from
Donna E January 17, 2014 at 08:49 PM
When will they freaking finish it! It is taking forever, obviously paid by the hour
M. Lee Davis January 17, 2014 at 08:55 PM
The construction had nothing to do with. If anything, there have been fewer accidents since construction started. And what you see now is only the tail end of the first phase. Phase two has already started and wont be completed until late 2015.
lotsahelp January 17, 2014 at 11:19 PM
I am so sorry for that mans family and friends. That stretch is so dangerous.
Alek J Hidell January 18, 2014 at 12:38 AM
Winchester offramp has been a crapshoot for at least 3 years now, with accidents nearly hourly and so many deaths.... I approach it the same way I drive in Mexico--in daylight only, and with full concentration, hands on the 10 and 2. Demolition Derby
M. Lee Davis January 18, 2014 at 12:50 AM
Alek, yes it is a very dangerous stretch of freeway but I have to say that since the construction has been in progress accidents are way down. I work directly adjacent to where the accident took place and in four years there has been two fatal wrecks in that same exact spot. My theory is that people merging from the 215 south to the 15 south aren't paying attention as they are looking to the left to merge over to avoid having to exit. Before the construction I would see at least 2 rear endings a day. I couldn'ttell you when the last one was. When the construction is complete there will still be these type of collisions until CHP patrols that section from MHS to Winchester all day long.
Lindsay Santos January 18, 2014 at 02:29 AM
Love you Pabs! You are missed by so many. Such an awesome person. So sad you were taken from us so soon. We love you & will never forget all the happiness you brought to everyone that was in your life. Rip my friend. Xo
ChrisG January 18, 2014 at 10:02 AM
Tragic! I wish people would pay proper attention while driving and follow the rules of the road. There are so many cars in our part of the world it would do wonders if everyone would simply follow the proscribed procedures. That means, slower traffic keep right, use your turning indicators (even when changing lanes), obey traffic signs and lights.
southernbelle January 18, 2014 at 12:14 PM
best comment here besides the sincere condolences, of which I also give to this family…. Alek J H, that literally made me laugh out loud!!! hahahahaha
Steve Newman January 18, 2014 at 03:32 PM
Southernbelle- don't encourage Alek- he will think people care about him. It is a horrible way to go- so sad for the victim and his family. Can't imagine the thoughts going through the victims mind as he crashes into the semi-ugh.
Jeff Kleiner January 18, 2014 at 06:31 PM
Southernbelle, I don't agree with some of the things Alec says from time to time but he surely has family and friends who don't appear on the patch, so he doesn't have to worry whether Stevie Newman cares about him or not. Stevie has only this blog to keep his attention so he tries to control it like he is the owner.....all he is and has been is a frustrated, OLD WHITE guy with no life, no career and a huge belly ache. It's best his comments are avoided and not responded to.
Jeff Kleiner January 18, 2014 at 06:37 PM
It's sad you have people who disrespect the laughs, knowingly trying to get away with things. Eventually they get theres. Its still sad for the victims. We have one of those types who trolls this blog, Newman's best friend,
Alek J Hidell January 18, 2014 at 06:45 PM
I've noticed that Kleiner. but you are no different. Its like the two of you have this public homosexual tryst going on here; its quite disturbing...
Erika Rojas January 18, 2014 at 11:45 PM
RIP Pablo. We love you and will miss you terribly. I'm so sorry this happened to you. Only God knows why. My heart breaks for everyone around me... Thank you for the years of friendship you gave me. I will never forget you and your amazing heart. Thank you for pumping my gas that one rainy day. The world was a better place because of you. :(
southernbelle January 19, 2014 at 12:59 AM
So my husband shared something tonite that was pretty telling-he said, "once I was trying to merge in to the exit from the 15 at midway point. I was behind an 18 wheeler. I sped up because I saw an opening but the person closed in on me, something caused the 18 wheeler to brake and I had no where to go midway. I almost went under." yikes!! That is frightening!! I couldn't breathe much less live without my husband--he is my everything! I love that man to no end! But he said this as he saw the picture and I guess it flashed back for him. scary! regardless of what happened-my condolences!! Secondly--what the heck?? Boys--please don't have animosity toward each other. Life's too short and I'm not interested in being involved. Alek's comment was funny--def my humor!! But I also respect Steve's insight and views on other forums. I haven't spoken with Jeff before but I'm sure you are a nice man. Don't know whats going on with all of you, but aren't we all here for a communal betterment? tip: don't ever let yourself be on the same level of a catty middle school girl, it would be embarrassing to say the least! *wink*
shannon negrete January 19, 2014 at 02:59 PM
RIP Pabs. He has left his amazing fiance behind and she is now left to plan his funeral and not their wedding. My heart is torn to pieces for you, Ash. He was an amazing man. I'm so so sorry for his fiance and family to have to go through this.
shannon negrete January 19, 2014 at 03:14 PM
ATTENTION: There was a woman on at the scene who jumped into Pablo's truck to help him when this happened. His fiance really wants to find her. If anyone knows any information please email me @ shannon_in_maui@yahoo.com. Thank you.
Karen January 19, 2014 at 04:21 PM
I'm so sad to hear this! Pablo was a very dear friend of my nieces and her heart is broken. Just from the looks of the pictures, @southerbelle it appears likely that what you described could be exactly what happened. Makes me sad as I have seen far too many young people lose their lives far too soon. Hugs to all those who knew him!!
chuck2251 January 23, 2014 at 05:45 PM
LESSON ,DO NOT FOLLOW TOO CLOSE.. HIGH SCHOOL DRIVER S ED CLASS.

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