Jessica Espinoza Killed in Lake Elsinore Pedestrian Accident on 15 Freeway near Temescal Canyon Road
Lake Elsinore, California (February 6, 2020) – The woman who was struck and killed by a vehicle early Wednesday morning in Lake Elsinore has been identified by the Riverside County Coroner’s Bureau.
Jessica Espinoza, 35, of Pomona, died in the accident that occurred at around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 5 on northbound Interstate 15 near Temescal Canyon Road.
Authorities said a white Toyota Corolla was heading northbound on Interstate 15 when it veered onto the shoulder of the highway, where it hit Espinoza.
Espinoza died at the scene at around 1:44 a.m.
The driver of the Corolla, only identified as a Jurupa Valley man, stopped at the scene and cooperated with the investigators. Alcohol or drugs were not suspected to be factors in the accident.
A SigAlert was issued at about 2:00 a.m., closing all northbound lanes of the freeway near Temescal Canyon Road. As of 7:15 a.m., the roadway was reopened.
The CHP is investigating the accident.
A person on foot is no match for a vehicle. Pedestrians have virtually no protection when they are hit by cars, motorcycles, trucks, and other vehicles. Sadly, this often leads to catastrophic injuries and/or death. “Due to the incredibly serious nature of these types of injuries, pedestrian accident cases often require special care in order to help ensure victims receive the full compensation they need for extensive medical bills, ongoing rehabilitation therapy, in-home care, lost past and future earnings, and numerous other economic and non-economic damages”, Said Arin Khodaverdian, an experienced pedestrian accident attorney.
Arin noted that pedestrians, in most instances, have the right-of-way when crossing a street or an intersection. According to Arin, to properly investigate a pedestrian crash and prove negligence, enough resources are required. “A skilled attorney has the resources and will help investigate the accident to determine the party at fault,” Arin said