MOUNTAIN CENTER – A woman died when a vehicle she was driving careened off State Highway 74 near Idyllwild Oct. 12. Her vehicle rolled numerous times down the steep embankment and she was ejected during the accident. She died at the scene according to California Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Darren Meyer.
Kathi Vogley, 65, has been described CHP officials as a resident of Twin Falls, Idaho and by Riverside County coroner’s officials as a resident of Idylwild.
The accident happened at about 2 p.m. when Vogley was driving a green, 2006 Mazda Miata westbound on SR-74 approximately one mile west of McCall Park Road, near mile marker 57.9.
For an unknown reason, Vogley “allowed her vehicle to drift onto the north dirt shoulder of SR-74,” Meyer explained. “The Mazda subsequently careened down a steep embankment and overturned multiple times before coming to rest approximately 200 feet below.”
Vogley, who was ejected as the vehicle overturned, succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident at 2:26 p.m. She was later identified by coroner’s officials.
There were no passengers in the vehicle at the time of the accident.
“Drugs and/or alcohol have not been ruled out as a contributing factor(s) in this collision,” according to Meyer.
Anyone with information about this fatal accident or who witnessed the incident is encouraged to contact CHP Officer Murawski at (951) 769-2000. Callers can refer to incident file number 1012161400965515892 and can remain anonymous.