Update @ 9:23 a.m.: Murrieta Police Department Lt. Jon Flavin confirmed to SWRNN that a man who was struck by an SUV on southbound Winchester was pronounced dead at 7:17 p.m. at the scene by Murrieta Fire Department officials.
The driver of the black Cadillac SUV that struck the man stopped and has cooperated with investigators, Flavin said.
However, Flavin could not confirm whether or not the victim was walking in the roadway when he was struck.
Riverside County Coroner has been called to the scene.
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Flavin advised that officials with the Murrieta Traffic Division have responded to the crash and an investigation is underway.
Traffic continues to be affected by the incident –two northbound lanes on Winchester are now open, but all southbound lanes on Winchester are closed at the time of this post.
Caltrans and Public Works officials have been called to assist with the road closures.
Flavin estimated that motorists can expect closures and delays for at least another four hours as investigators gather information.
Original story: Traffic on Winchester Road has slowed to a crawl after a pedestrian was struck and killed this evening in Murrieta, it was reported.
According to reports from SWRNN reporter Joe Fanaselle at the scene, the crash occurred at approximately 7 p.m. at Robert Trent Jones Parkway and Winchester Road, just north of Murrieta Hot Springs Road.
Preliminary reports from radio transmissions suggest that the victim may have been walking in southbound number three lane on Winchester Road when he was struck by a vehicle, according to witness.
A black SUV with visible damage on the front driver side is stopped at the scene.
Murrieta Police Department investigators, along with a Murrieta Fire Department engine have responded.
Police have closed all southbound lanes of traffic on Winchester; just one northbound lane of traffic is open on Winchester Road.
Much of the traffic is being diverted to eastbound Technology Drive.
This is a developing story. Stay with SWRNN for more information as it comes available.
Joe Fanaselle contributed to this report.