A 75-year-old man was killed when the cargo van in which he was riding plowed into a sedan parked along the shoulder of Interstate 215 in Murrieta, authorities said Tuesday.
Elliott Uhrich of Murrieta was fatally injured about 5:40 p.m. Monday on southbound I-215, near Clinton Keith Road, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Officer Mike Lassig said that Uhrich was in a medical supply van being driven by 47-year-old Angel Pineda of Murrieta, who was in the No. 3 lane of the freeway, going about 60 mph.
Pineda encountered slowing traffic and applied the van’s brakes, at which point the vehicle “veered to the right, toward the right shoulder,” Lassig said.
A 2009 Nissan Maxima occupied by a 30-year-old Temecula man was parked on the shoulder for unspecified reasons.
According to Lassig, the van struck the left rear of the Nissan, causing major injuries to Uhrich, who was in the rear of the van.
The victim was taken to Inland Valley Medical Center in Wildomar, where he died nearly five hours later, the CHP spokesman said.
Pineda suffered minor injuries and was treated and released from Rancho Springs Medical Center in Temecula.
The Nissan driver was not hurt.
Lassig said the investigation is ongoing.