Murrieta, CA — A pedestrian, identified as Teddy Ramirez, 37, of Perris, lost his life in a tragic incident on Monday night while attempting to cross the I-215 Freeway in Murrieta. The California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported that the collision occurred just north of Baxter Road.
The incident unfolded around 9:15 p.m. when a Toyota RAV4 was traveling northbound on the I-215 through Murrieta in the #3 lane, just north of Clinton Keith. At that moment, Ramirez leaped over a chain-link fence and crossed into the oncoming northbound traffic.
Despite the Toyota driver’s attempts to avoid the pedestrian by veering into another lane, Ramirez walked directly into the vehicle’s path. The collision resulted in the pedestrian’s tragic death at the scene.
CHP officer Anthony Flores stated that the Toyota driver fully cooperated with the subsequent investigation, and no arrests were made. The reason for Ramirez’s attempt to cross the freeway on foot remains under investigation.
The Riverside County Coroner’s Bureau officially identified Teddy Ramirez, expressing condolences to his family and loved ones. The incident serves as a tragic reminder of the dangers pedestrians face on busy highways, prompting authorities to continue efforts to enhance safety and awareness.