A 19-year-old woman killed in a crash along Interstate 10 in Banning lost control of her four-door sedan and went off of the freeway, rolling over in a field adjacent to Banning Municipal Airport, authorities said Monday.
Serenity Lira of Fontana was fatally injured about 12:35 a.m. Saturday about a quarter-mile east of the Hargrave Street exit from eastbound I-10, on the north perimeter of the airport, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Officer Jason Montez told City News Service that Lira was at the wheel of a 2015 Nissan Sentra, with her friend, 19-year-old Jesse Vargas of Artesia, in the right front passenger seat, when the vehicle abruptly veered out of eastbound lanes and traveled onto the south edge of the shoulder.
“The Nissan went through a fence and continued in a southeasterly direction at an unknown speed,” Montez said. “The car then overturned, and the driver was ejected. She was not wearing a safety restraint.”
Riverside County Fire Department paramedics reached the location within a few minutes and pronounced Lira dead at the scene.
Vargas suffered minor injuries and was taken to a hospital for treatment. He has since been released and is recovering.
“Alcohol or drugs have not been ruled out as possible factors in the crash,” Montez said.
An autopsy on the victim was pending.
Anyone with information was asked to contact the CHP San Gorgonio office at 951-769-2000.