Shortly after 1 a.m. on Thursday, October 17, 36-year-old Jeffrey Murphy, of Fullerton, was killed, 20-year-old Brooke White, of San Diego, suffered major trauma, and 58-year-old Elbert E. Barbar, of Murrieta, sustained minor injuries in a wrong-way crash on Interstate 15 north of Lake Elsinore, reported The Press-Enterprise. While traveling northbound in the southbound No. 1 lane in a Honda CRV, Murphy collided with the southbound Honda Accord that Barbar was driving, the impact sending the CRV into the air and causing it to rollover in the No. 2 lane, where it collided with a southbound Peterbilt semi. The semi spun clockwise toward the right shoulder, where it hit a parked U-Haul and White, who was standing next to the vehicle. Murphy was ejected from the CRV and pronounced dead at the scene. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.
The California Office of Traffic Safety’s records indicate that 168 people were killed or injured in motor vehicle crashes that occurred in Lake Elsinore in 2010. Thirteen of the accidents that resulted in injury or death occurred between the hours of 9 p.m. and 2:59 a.m. The OTS ranked Lake Elsinore 64th out of 103 cities with populations of between 50,001 and 100,000 for its incidence of fatal and injury collisions in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst.
In California, those who have been injured or lost loved ones in traffic accidents have recourse through the civil justice system. For more information on the civil claims process, please call 866-981-5596.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of Jeffrey Murphy. We would also like to wish a full recovery to Brooke White and Elbert E. Barbar.