NEWS Three dead, one injured in car crash in Murrieta suspected of drunk driving

Three dead, one injured in car crash in Murrieta suspected of drunk driving
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UPDATE: 1/16/23 12:00 PM CHP News Coverage

Monday, January 16, 2023 at approximately 3:58 AM, Party #1, Alexia Rodriguez, 21, driving a 2008 Dodge Charger during the transition from I-215 South to I-15 (City of Murrieta) Driving south with moderate rain. Party # 1 lost control of the vehicle causing the vehicle to go off the western edge of the transition road. Dodge Charger crashes into a metal pole. Dodge Charger engulfed in flames. Two unidentified passengers, a man and a woman, were ejected from the Dodge Charger without seat belts.

The California Highway Patrol (CHP), Murrieta Fire Department and AMR all responded to the crash scene. The unidentified ejected passenger died at the scene, the Murrieta Fire Department announced. A third occupant, a woman, was in the Dodge Charger and was also pronounced dead at the scene. The driver suffered severe burns but was able to free himself from the burning Dodge Charger.

Party # 1 was transported by AMR to Inland Valley Medical Center. CHP officers responded to Inland Valley Medical Center, determined the first party was a DUI, and arrested her. Due to the severity of Party #1’s burns, she was then airlifted to Arrowhead Regional Medical Centre. Ultimately, Party 1 was charged with aggravated vehicular manslaughter and felony DUI.

CHP in the Temecula area is investigating the collision. CHP encourages any witnesses who may have witnessed this collision or who may have any relevant information to contact CHP in the Temecula area at (951) 506-2000. The Center for Health Protection reminds everyone that when going out in bad weather, you must appoint a sober driver, always wear a seat belt, and drive at a safe speed.

Riverside County Coroner’s case numbers: 2023-00484, 2023-00486 and 2023-00487.


CHP reported a fatal accident in Murrieta this morning when I-15 S was just merging via I-215 S. The car reportedly left the driveway at 4 a.m., spun, hit a metal pole holding a camera, and caught fire while the driver remained inside, sitting on his right shoulder.

Several accidents, including a multi-vehicle accident, were reported on I-15 between Temecula and Bonsall between 4 and 5 a.m. this morning.

The North County Fire is asking everyone to slow down and give yourself enough time to reach your destination. Heavy rain is expected to continue, according to the weather forecast.

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