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.


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.