29-year-old Murrieta man killed in multi-car pileup on I-15

RAINBOW – A 29-year-old Murrieta man was killed today in a multi-car pileup on Interstate 15, when his car struck a guard rail and he was hit by at least one other motorist in the pre-dawn darkness, the California Highway Patrol said.

The collisions occurred about 4:30 a.m. on the downhill northbound freeway lanes approaching Temecula Parkway, also known as state Route 79, in Temecula.

CHP officers said Miguel Vega was the driver of a 2003 Mazda that struck a guard rail around 4:30 a.m. near the right shoulder on the downhill northbound freeway lanes approaching Temecula Parkway, spun out and stopped across the two right traffic lanes, with its headlights out.

Jeffrey Dunbar, 50, of Yucaipa, driving a 2010 Nissan, didn’t see the Mazda until it was too late to avoid striking it, the CHP said. The Nissan struck the side of the Mazda, causing it to spin several times.

Witnesses reported the Mazda was struck again by another vehicle. Vega was declared dead at the scene of the crash about 20 minutes later, the CHP said.

All northbound lanes were blocked at the San Diego-Riverside county line during the CHP investigation. Officers opened the right lane about 5:45 a.m., and the rest of the lanes about 8 a.m.

8 Responses to "29-year-old Murrieta man killed in multi-car pileup on I-15"

  1. aero   March 21, 2010 at 8:03 am

    Miguel vega, father of 3, brother to everybody he’s ever met. You will be missed bro.

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  2. liz   March 21, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    How very sad, I will be praying for his soul and his family.

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  3. Lee Chew   March 22, 2010 at 8:44 am

    Very sad for Miguel family. Sounds like he must have fallen asleep behind the wheel or had a tire blow out causing the loss of control.The collisions occurred about 4:30 a.m. on the downhill northbound freeway lanes approaching Temecula Parkway. Was he going home after working the grave yard shift?

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  4. rick   March 22, 2010 at 8:44 am

    I saw and talked to miguel at work about 4 days a week, he was a very nice polite guy , and he will be missed at work , rip buddy

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  5. Andrea   March 22, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    Very sad, i know this route, and it can be very dangerous in the dark am. hours..lets all prey for his family.

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  6. Mary   March 23, 2010 at 7:30 am

    All of those who knew you and know your family know what a tragedy this is. You are truly blessed to have a family that will always love and hold you close to their hearts. We are all lucky to have met you. May God rest your soul.

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  7. araceli and fam.   March 23, 2010 at 7:30 am

    Our prayers to the family of mike vega.

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  8. Caring   March 24, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    My thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Vega’s family. The 15 has become a very dangerous freeway over the passed few years. Let’s keep our eyes peeled and slow down.
    God Bless you

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