On September 7, 2017 at approximately 9:40 p.m., an 18 year old woman was killed on the I-10 eastbound about one mile from the exit to Whitewater when a big rig hit her white Toyota Corolla after she swerved and crashed into the guardrail.
“After the impact, her car bounced back into the eastbound lanes of I-10 and came to rest in the #3 lane,” CHP Officer Darren Meyer stated in a news release.
The woman has been identified as Daisy Diaz-Gomez of Thousand Palms, according to the Riverside County coroner’s office.
Meyer said that within about two minutes, a big rig driven by Carnel Jackson, 46 of Murrieta, crashed into the stalled Corolla.
The big rig collided with the rear of the Toyota, pushing the vehicle towards the right side of the road where it struck a gray Hyundai Sonata stopped on the shoulder of the freeway. The Corolla went off the roadway and came to a rest in a dirt field.
Paramedics declared the victim deceased at the scene. The driver of the Hyundai suffered only minor injuries and was transported as a precaution. The driver of the big rig didn’t suffer any injuries.
Alcohol and drugs have not been ruled out as contributing factors in the crash, Meyer said.