Fatal Traffic Collision


Reporting Deputy: Sergeant Joey Sinz

File: TE233470003


On December 13, 2023, at 1:06 a.m., deputies from the Riverside Sheriff’s Southwest Station, responded to the intersection of Winchester Road and Margarita Road in the city of Temecula regarding a single vehicle traffic collision. Deputies arrived on scene and located the driver of a 2014 Toyota Yaris inside and unresponsive. Medical personnel arrived on scene and pronounced the driver deceased.

The Southwest Station Traffic Team responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. Preliminary findings revealed the Toyota was traveling southbound on Winchester Road at a high rate of speed and struck the center median just west of Margarita Road. This investigation is ongoing and the role of alcohol and or drugs has not been determined.

A temporary road closure of Winchester Road just west of Margarita Road was necessary to process the scene and collect evidence. The identity of the deceased will not be released pending notification to the next of kin.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call Corporal Ryan Hansen of the Southwest Station at 951–696–3000 or the Riverside County Sheriff’s Dispatch at 951–776–1099.

For media inquiries regarding this incident please contact the Media Information Bureau.

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