The driver of a pickup truck moving way too fast in morning traffic on the 15 Freeway caused a six-vehicle, chain-reaction crash that killed a woman and sent another pickup off the roadway and into the side of the Temecula City Hall parking building. The driver was speculated to be under the influence of drugs. The man was arrested on suspicion of murder, gross vehicular manslaughter, a hit-and-run resulting in property damage, driving under the influence and driving with a suspended or revoked license. He was booked with a bail of $1 million.
A driver was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs after a multi-vehicle crash on the I-15 in Temecula Tuesday morning that left one driver dead and others injured.
The collision occurred just before 7:30 a.m. on the Southbound I-15 Freeway near Temecula.
A video showed the moment a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck flew down the freeway, crashing into the back of a Nissan Altima, killing the female driver inside.
The driver was later identified as 44-year-old Janet Genao of Murrieta.
The initial crash started a chain-reaction, involving four other vehicles.
Mike Rivera was driving his Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck when the impact forced him to careen off the freeway and slamming him into a parking structure at Temecula City Hall.
Officials told CBSLA’s Nicole Comstock that the impact of the crash broke Rivera’s back, leg, ribs, and eye socket.
The drivers of two other vehicles suffered minor injuries and were taken to Inland Valley Medical Center in Wildomar.
One of those drivers was Sidney Graves, a marine with a Purple Heart for surviving an IED blast in Afghanistan.
Graves was headed to work at Camp Pendleton when he saw a car tumbling toward him in his rear view mirror.
Another driver was uninjured in the crash.
The driver of the Silverado, 25-year-old Javier Caldera of Auburn, Washington, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of marijuana and was taken to the Cois M. Byrd Detention Center in French Valley, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Mike Lassig.
Authorities in Washington confirmed that Caldera had led them on a police chase last November.
All lanes of southbound I-15 in the area were shut down following the crash but had since reopened as of Tuesday night.