23-Year-Old Mission Hills Driver Dead in Traffic Collision near Wildomar Trail

WILDOMAR, CA (August 8, 2023) – Saturday morning, a DUI-related collision on 15 Freeway left Alicia Gonzalez and Nache Phillips injured.

The fatal crash occurred shortly before 12:45 a.m. along the southbound lanes of the 15 Freeway, north of Wildomar Trail.

According to reports, a 23-year-old driver from Mission Hills was traveling in their 2014 Hyundai sedan at a high rate of speed in the southbound lanes of Interstate 5.

As a result, the driver failed to stop on time and rear-ended a Nissan Rouge SUV. The impact of the collision disabled the Hyundai in the middle lane.

Subsequently, a southbound 2019 Nissan Armada crashed into the Hyundai due to the darkness. Investigators said the second collision ejected all the occupants of the Hyundai, who had undone their seatbelts after the initial collision.

Responding emergency personnel declared the 23-year-old Hyundai driver dead at the scene. Their passenger, identified as 24-year-old Alicia Gonzalez of Vista, was transported to Inland Valley Medical Center for significant injuries.

The Nissan Armada driver, 47-year-old Nache Phillips of Aguanga was also hospitalized for minor injuries. However, the police did not provide information regarding the condition or the number of occupants in the Nissan Rogue.

The CHP believed that the deceased unidentified 23-year-old driver was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the collision.

The team at Sweet James sends their warm and sincerest sympathies out to the friends and family of the victim.

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