The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department has taken the lead role in the investigation of the death of a Winchester woman who was found mortally injured in a ditch just before 9 a.m. on Friday Sept. 21, law enforcement officials said today.
“We are working closely with the California Highway Patrol in regards to this investigation,” Sgt. Lisa McConnell said in a sheriff’s press release.
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Family and friends have suggested that murder — not a tragic accident — may have been the real cause of death.
Wanda McGlover, 68, was making her rounds on her normal morning walk when she was struck and ended up in a ditch that runs alongside Brookridge Drive near Washington Street.
Citing a conversation that McGlover was having with her daughter on the phone at the time of the collision, family, friends and neighbors assert that there was no way a car could have plowed into the woman as she walked.
“Her daughter said she heard her mom say, ‘excuse me’ as if someone was talking to her and then she started screaming her daughter’s name and the phone went dead,” one neighbor said.
According to CBS news reports, McGlover’s daughter also heard scuffling sounds before the phone went dead.
In what officials call an unrelated incident, McGlover struck and killed a pedestrian on the I-215 in August when he stepped in front of her vehicle.
Her son told reporters he hopes her death wasn’t any kind of retribution.
The sheriff’s department is asking anyone that may have additional information or may have witnessed something regarding this active investigation to call Investigator Gary Bowen at 951-955-2777.
Stephanie D. Schulte is a writer/photographer at SWRNN. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.