Authorities Monday released the name of a 23-year-old man killed in a wrong-way collision on the Pomona (60) Freeway in Riverside that left both drivers hospitalized in serious condition.
Shanilka Mapatuna of Moreno Valley was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which remains under investigation.
The collision occurred about 3:30 a.m. Sunday on the eastbound 60, near Market Street, after a 19-year-old Ontario woman, whose name was withheld, was spotted driving the wrong way around Frederick Street in Moreno Valley, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Several motorists passed the wrong-way driver and called 911, prompting three CHP patrol units to attempt to catch up to her, said Officer Dan Olivas.
He said the woman continued driving her 2002 Ford Mustang into Riverside, going well in excess of the speed limit in the fast lane, apparently oblivious to the vehicles coming straight at her.
Less than five minutes later, a 23-year-old Fontana man at the wheel of a 2016 Dodge Caravan was heading east in the fast lane and did not see the Mustang in time to swerve, Olivas said.
“The two vehicles subsequently collided head-on in the No. 1 lane,” he said. “The Dodge traveled into the center median and collided with the center divider wall. The Mustang traveled across the roadway and came to rest blocking the 60 eastbound onramp from Main Street.”
Riverside Fire Department paramedics arrived within a few minutes and pronounced Mapatuna, who was riding in the right front passenger seat of the Caravan, dead at the scene.
The Caravan driver suffered major injuries, as did the wrong-way driver. They were taken to Riverside Community Hospital for treatment and remain in serious condition, according to authorities.