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Suspect faces murder charges for fatal traffic collision

Sheriff’s deputies arrested Jose Luis Sepulveda, 33, of Lake Elsinore on March 5 in connection with a traffic collision that killed two women. Photo provided by Riverside Sheriff’s Department.

Sheriff’s deputies have arrested a suspect in a traffic collision on January 24 on Railroad Canyon Road that killed sisters Benita Heyden, 57, of Lake Elsinore and Tina Slatten, 58, of Lake Elsinore. Their mother, Sharon Waldon, suffered serious injuries.

According to a Riverside Sheriff’s Department, deputies arrested Jose Luis Sepulveda, 33, of Lake Elsinore on March 5 for second degree murder, DUI Alcohol causing great bodily injury, and other charges. Sepulveda was booked into the Robert Presley Detention Center where he is being held in lieu of $2 million bail.

The preliminary investigation revealed a vehicle traveling eastbound on Railroad Canyon Road collided with the back of a vehicle that was also traveling eastbound. One of the vehicles then crossed over the center divider and collided with a vehicle traveling westbound. The two occupants of the vehicle traveling westbound were pronounced dead. The Perris Station Traffic Collision Reconstruction Team assumed the investigation.

Anyone who may have witnessed this collision and has not been interviewed is asked to contact Deputy Maldonado at the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Perris Station at 951-210-1077.

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