The passenger of a car killed when the vehicle slammed into a bridge abutment in Menifee, possibly because the driver was drunk at the wheel, was identified Tuesday.
Hannah Marie Mesa, 29, of Menifee was fatally injured at about 1:40 a.m. Sunday on Interstate 215, just south of Nuevo Road.
According to California Highway Patrol Officer Juan Quintero, Mesa was riding in a sedan going south on I-215 when the driver, whose identity was not released, failed to negotiate a curve and skidded into the dirt median, where the car flipped over.
“The vehicle collided into a concrete bridge abutment of the I-215 northbound on-ramp from D Street,” Quintero said. “(Mesa) was partially ejected from the vehicle and sustained fatal injuries as a result.”
Riverside County Fire Department paramedics arrived within 15 minutes and pronounced her dead at the scene.
The driver was seriously injured and taken to Riverside University Medical Center in Moreno Valley for treatment. There was no word on the person’s condition Tuesday.
“Alcohol is suspected to be a factor in the crash,” Quintero said, adding that the investigation is ongoing.
He asked anyone with information to contact the CHP’s Riverside office at 951-637-8000.
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