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Murrieta Woman Crashes Car into Tree off Ortega, Dies

The fatal collision has temporarily shut down the westbound lanes of Ortega Highway,

Patch photo credit: Martin Henderson
Patch photo credit: Martin Henderson

Originally posted at 9:31 a.m. May 19, 2104. Edited with new details.

A 68-year-old Murrieta woman was killed today when the car she was driving slammed into a tree along Ortega (74) Highway.

The Orange County Coroner's office identified the victim as Kristina Halliday.

She was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash near Gibby Road, east of the San Juan Capistrano limits. The accident was reported at 7:57 a.m., according to a California Highway Patrol dispatcher.

Authorities temporarily closed the westbound lanes of Ortega Highway while the accident was being investigated.

--City News Service

shelly May 19, 2014 at 01:47 PM
Penny, Where on Ortega was this?
Penny Arévalo May 19, 2014 at 01:49 PM
It was just east of La Pata, maybe a mile? I did drive by it but didn't get a photo.

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