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Northbound I-15 Reopens After Pedestrian Killed in Lake Elsinore

All northbound lanes on Interstate 15 reopen after pedestrian killed early Friday morning.

Northbound Interstate 15 reopened Friday morning in Southwest Riverside County after a male pedestrian was struck and killed on the busy interstate early today.

The California Highway Patrol website reported the lanes were reopened as of 10:25 a.m.

The man, identified by the Riverside County Sheriff/Coroner's as Joshua Eugene Epling, 21, of Lake Elsinore, was struck several times on the freeway at about 3:21 a.m., 1.47 milles south of the Railroad Canyon Road/Diamond Drive exit.

It is unclear why the Epling was walking on the freeway. He was carrying a Nintendo Wii and a case of beer.

Debris and body parts were strewn across the freeway, and authorities said he was struck by multiple cars.

Vontrice Charles, a 31-year-old female motorist from Perris driving a burgundy Toyota Scion tried to avoid the victim, but struck him as he ran across the freeway in an easterly direction, the CHP reported.

She was traveling approximately 65-70 mph, the CHP reported, and her vehicle sustained major damage. She was not driving under the influence.

Traffic was being rerouted onto the Bundy Canyon Road exit and electronic signs on I-15 as far south as Rainbow were advising motorists of the closure. Travelers were being asked to avoid the northbound 15 through the Temecula and Elsinore valleys.

At 10:25 a.m, the CHP advised all sign messages could be removed because the lanes were reopened.

Michelle Elias November 26, 2011 at 09:33 PM
This young man was and is dearly loved by many of us who know him!!!! He was very special.
Robert Lougee November 26, 2011 at 10:04 PM
You are a high school teacher attempting to differentiate between those who do, and those who don't give a [redacted] and using acronyms like STFU? Thank you California Teachers Association for protecting the best and the brightest teachers so that our children get the best education.
Michelle Elias November 26, 2011 at 11:16 PM
And that is who it was directed at....please leave this alone and let us grieve without your stupidity.
Lynn K. Olivas November 27, 2011 at 02:17 AM
My prayers go out to Joshua's family and friends. May the Lord give you peace and strength at this time. Find peace in knowing that God had special plans for him, though his life was cut short on this earth, the Lord wanted him in Heaven with Him for a reason unknown. God bless the family and friends and may the Lord hold you in His arms and comfort you........
vlad November 28, 2011 at 05:59 AM
I am friends of the family and met Josh numerous times. He was one of the sweetest kids/men that I have met... He helped work on my house, played with my kids and was great company to be around. This was a tragedy, and I feel blessed to have known him. My prayers go out to you and your family. Rest in peace Josh.

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