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Woman, 26, Dies After Truck Rolls

A 26-year-old Escondido woman was killed when the truck in which she was riding overturned on the highway Monday afternoon, the San Diego County coroner’s office said.

Michele Louise Jeffers, a secretary, was not wearing a seat belt, authorities said, and was ejected through the truck’s windshield at 2:40 p.m. on California 79, one-half mile south of California 76. A crew of Life Flight workers pronounced her dead 23 minutes later.

Steven MacPherson, a 28-year-old Escondido resident who was driving, apparently veered off the road at high speed, said Doris Davidson, a California Highway Patrol dispatcher. As MacPherson attempted to return to the road, the truck overturned, rolling several times, she said.

MacPherson, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected through the door of the truck. He was taken to Palomar Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition.

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CHP officials believe the accident is alcohol-related, Davidson said.

Jeffers is survived by her parents, who live in the 1800 block of Tawny Place.


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