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|December 14, 2019|
Thanksgiving holiday traffic deaths highest in 15 years
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) – Rain-slick roads may have contributed to some of the Thanksgiving holiday traffic mishaps around the 2-county region.
Police and fire agencies and the coroner reported twelve fatalities for the 4-day period.
An elderly woman from Austria was killed when the vehicle in which she was riding struck a rain-loosened boulder on the Ortega Highway above Lake Elsinore.
Rain-slick Redlands Boulevard north of Moreno Valley was the site of a 2-vehicle crash that killed Mary Lambright, 68, of Yucaipa.
Sunday night near Fontana, motorcyclist Brian Jackson, 36, of Eastvale lost his life on the 210 freeway east of Cherry Avenue.
In Riverside Saturday afternoon, the California Highway Patrol investigated a fatal mishap on the 215 freeway near Alessandro Boulevard.
Elsewhere, a pedestrian lost her life when she was struck on Washington Street and Meadow Lane in Colton.
Near Eastvale, a vehicle overturned on Freeway 60 and was struck by another early Saturday. Calfire said that Jesus Rosales Cuevas, 18, of Ontario died and two others were hurt.
In Redlands, another single-vehicle mishap on Saturday killed Ruben Angulo, Jr., 22, of Fontana.
In the San Bernardino County desert, five more fatalities were reported. Four of the mishaps involved single vehicles.
It was the deadliest Thanksgiving holiday on Inland Empire streets and highways since 2004 when 13 people lost their lives.
Story Date: December 4, 2019