UPDATE: Authorities ID Pedestrian Killed Tuesday in Murrieta

The fatal accident happened around 7 p.m., according to reports.

UPDATED at 11:05 a.m. Jan. 23:

A pedestrian killed Tuesday night on Winchester Road in Murrieta has been identified by authorities.

Ryan Rayner, 24, of Murrieta was struck by an SUV at about 7 p.m. on Winchester Road, just south of Robert Trent Jones Parkway, the Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner's Office reported. Rayner was declared dead at about 7:08 p.m., according to the report.

Witnesses said Rayner had walked eastbound into the southbound lanes of traffic on Winchester prior to the collision, Murrieta police Sgt. Jim Gruwell said in a news release.

Upon the arrival of Murrieta city police and firefighters, they found the 24-year-old white male down in the roadway with major, life threatening injuries, the sergeant said.

"Despite the efforts of all the emergency personnel who responded, the pedestrian succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene," Gruwell said.

Rayner's identity was withheld until his next of kin was notified.

Southbound Winchester Road was closed past Robert Trent Jones Parkway for several hours Tuesday night while the circumstances of the fatal accident were investigated.

"The driver of the involved vehicle was not injured and showed no visible signs of impairment," Gruwell said.

The Murrieta Police Department Traffic Division is continuing its investigation, and asked anyone with information to contact Officer Jason Edmisten at 951-461-6305.


A man was struck and killed by a vehicle Tuesday evening near Robert Trent Jones Parkway and Winchester Road in Murrieta, according to authorities.

Police and firefighters responded to the accident that left the man dead shortly after 7 p.m., according to Murrieta police Lt. Jon Flavin.

As of 8:45 p.m., the traffic unit was investigating the accident and a Sigalert was issued for the area. Two lanes are currently open on southbound Winchester Road through Technology Drive. Northbound traffic was also affected near the scene.

Flavin said the investigation at the scene should take anywhere from 2 to 4 hours.

No other information, including the man's identity, was immediately available.

Jack January 23, 2013 at 05:32 AM
How many fatalities on Winchester Rd in last ten years?
Tobias January 23, 2013 at 07:42 AM
Very sad. :(
Bren January 23, 2013 at 10:27 AM
Very sad indeed, especially for the families and driver involved. I drove past the incident at around 11 pm and saw the crew investigating and the man laying face up in the street. I knew that the incident happened earlier but didn't realize someone had died. I'm pretty sure he passed instantly. The guy looked fairly young and fit. You never see this kind of thing and you never know when its your time. I ask that the angels escort him to the other side safely and bring healing and peace to his family.
M. Lee Davis January 23, 2013 at 04:42 PM
Whats your point?
SA January 23, 2013 at 05:12 PM
Look both ways ...
Unknown January 23, 2013 at 06:20 PM
It was on winchester by the dance studio, I waited at the light for 25 min to b able to take my daughter to dance
Unknown January 23, 2013 at 06:22 PM
@ the Murrieta hotsprings accident
Tobias January 23, 2013 at 06:50 PM
It was not on MHS. I drove past it right after it happened. It was on Winchester Road, about 200 feet south of Robert Trent Jones Parkway / Technology Drive. You may be thinking of a different incident Cathy. Bren - when I drove by, the man was not face-up, but was face down in the # 1 lane about 200 feet south of the intersection, almost up against the concrete curb in the middle of the roadway. His shoes were in the middle of the # 3 lane about 80 feet north of him, between 100 and 150 feet south of the intersection.
James Q. January 24, 2013 at 12:43 AM
Omg! You had to wait 25 minutes at the light?? That is so long! What an inconvenience to you and your daughter. Shame on that kid, and the police for stopping to investigate! How dare they interrupt your day and schedule! Gosh, so rude. ::SARCASM:: Smh. You are very insensitive to other people. A 24 yo kid was killed for God sake!! Have a little respect and decency! Having to wait 25 mins is nothing. God forbid, but what if it was your child?? Wouldn't YOU want the police to do a full investigation to find out what happened?? The world does not revolve around you and your child and dance class. That is the problem with most people in Murrieta/Temecula. You only care about yourselves and what is going on in your own little bubble. You are so discourteous anf fake to others around you. That is why I and MANY others have moved the heck out of that place. Try being a decent human being and showing care and love and respect for others. Smile, hold doors open, say please and thank you, do something nice for a stranger. Pay it forward, and God and Karma WILL reward you (even though rewards should not matter). If everyone did that, the world would be a better place. Namaste.
James Q. January 24, 2013 at 12:45 AM
RIP Ryan Rayner.
kristin c January 24, 2013 at 01:20 AM
James, why so harsh? You talk about decency yet you sit on your throne and judge. And I'm sure it was an inconvenience at the time to sit at that light for 25 minutes as that person didn't know about a fatality at the time. Its a shame that kid died... how about considering that you were taking the previous posters comment out of context.
Nan January 24, 2013 at 01:25 AM
At James Q I don't think the person waiting at the light to take their daughter to dance meant it in any way at all.
James Q. January 24, 2013 at 02:11 AM
I am not judging. I am pointing out facts and helping those who are unaware become aware, because it's getting really old and tiring after having to deal with it for so many years. It needed to be said, and many people have mentioned the exact same thing to me, so I am speaking up. It's time for a change.
James Q. January 24, 2013 at 02:13 AM
That may be true. But we do not know. In the case that they meant it, then my comment is appropriate. If they did not mean it, then it can apply to others that it refers to.
ms400 January 24, 2013 at 02:52 AM
Let's try this!....and your point is? Please just let us know people at Temecula Dance Studio are not as self centered as you. So whats your point?
all-c-ing-eye January 24, 2013 at 07:28 AM
All to many times a poster trying to convey a thought is misread by individuals who might not see things in the same manner as the writers ability to explain things in their way. We all have knee jerk reactions when confronted with something thats extraordinary, I guess thats normal. So both the author of the message as well as the responder in the beginning before thinking it out or knowing more about it have their initial reaction. Im sure there are some that may consider this message to antiseptic, but its not [as i see it] its meant to promote some level of understanding. Thank You.
Paul January 24, 2013 at 10:18 AM
You guys are being rather judgemental. You do not know whether she was complaining or just makeing an observation. Also She could be observing or complaining there was not enough police presence on the scene to adequately direct traffic around the scene, not complianing about the paramedics or firement doing their important tasks. I have seen this situation several times. Many times there are investigating officers and/or paramedics busy at the scene with part or all of the road closed with considerable delay to motorists. BUT Many times IF there were one or two or three additional officers to carefully direct traffic around the scene hundreds of motorists could more easily get past or around the scene. This would also save on gasoline wasted, and unnecessary smog created.
AmericanMom January 24, 2013 at 03:55 PM
May God bless that family that is left to grieve for the young man. So young to be gone. As for James Q's comment, I am GLAD he wrote what he did. It is spot on. He had every right to write what he did. If the inconvenienced Dance Mom had to wait 25 agonizing minutes to get through a light (gasp!), she should have re-read what SHE so trivially wrote and corrected herself in another post. Bottom line: a young man's life is now over. A family is grieving the worst pain. They should be the ones in our thoughts and prayers.
LisaB January 24, 2013 at 06:56 PM
@Paul: Just a note, there were at least 6 units (that I could see) on scene at the fatality, 2 of which were directing traffic (and this was within 15 - 20 minutes of the accident occurrence). There were more than enough officers at the scene. Unfortunately with Winchester being completely shut down in the one direction, ALL traffic was diverted into the single left turn lane to go down Robert Trent Jones. With the amount of vehicles travelling, there was only so much the officers could do to speed up traffic. In the end, who cares how long one waited in traffic...people were allowed to drive away with their lives..unfortunately that can't be said for the pedestrian killed. Never mind the mental anguish for the innocent driver who unfortunately hit him (at no fault of theirs). Let's all get our priorities straight....
Bren January 25, 2013 at 08:12 AM
True James, we dont know. So why jump to conclusions and make the assumption that you do know. Thats callous in itself and the very thing you were complaining about. "unkowns" comments were too vague to safely assume that they were callously indifferent to someones severe suffering.
Bren January 25, 2013 at 08:14 AM
I agree jack, way too many deaths on this street over the past few years.
Bren January 25, 2013 at 08:15 AM
The driver or the victim?


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