Authorities today released the name of a 36-year-old woman who died over the weekend in a traffic accident on a rain-soaked stretch of Interstate 15 north of Escondido.
Elvia Yduarte of Temecula was a back-seat passenger in a 2007 Nissan Frontier extended-cab pickup that veered off northbound Interstate 15 near Gopher Canyon Road at about 70 mph shortly before 5 p.m. Sunday, according to the California Highway Patrol and county Medical Examiner’s Office.
The truck overurned and tumbled roughly 250 feet down a steep embankment and into a ravine, CHP public-affairs Officer Jim Bettencourt said.
Yduarte was ejected and died at the scene.
The driver of the truck, a 62-year-old man, and a 61-year-old woman riding in a front passenger seat both suffered moderately serious injuries, Bettencourt said. Medics took the two Temecula residents to Palomar Medical Center.
Heavy showers were inundating the freeway at the time of the crash and may have contributed to the driver’s loss of control over the pickup, authorities said.