Medical examiner releases name of Ramona woman killed in San Vicente Road crash

San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office has released the name of the woman killed in a single-vehicle accident on San Vicente Road Thursday night as Victoria Scott Richeson of Ramona.

Richeson, 18, driver of a 2004 Hyundai Elantra, was westbound about 9:30 p.m. just west of Wildcat Canyon Road when she failed to negotiate a curve in the road and lost control, reported authorities.

The Hyundai traveled off the right shoulder of the road and struck some rocks before crashing into a tree, trapping the woman inside, CHP Officer Kevin Pearlstein said in a statement. CHP reported she was traveling about 65 miles per hour.

According to the medical examiner’s office, Richeson was wearing a seat belt and was the only occupant in the car. She died at the accident scene, authorities reported.

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22 Comments for “Medical examiner releases name of Ramona woman killed in San Vicente Road crash”

  1. Joe

    Once again a young person driving to fast. When will people learn.

    • Mike Loranger

      No Joe, once again a terrible road has taken the life of a wonderful young person. When will YOU learn Joe? By the way, it’s “too,” not “to.”

      • Guest


        Explain EXACTLY how the road caused the accident? Did the road suddenly change directions while this young lady was traversing it? Did the road decided to bump her off into the trees and rocks? What did the road do to cause the accident?

        I think it is fair to say that thousands of vehicles traverse that road daily and almost all of them make it through safely and without incident.

        Why do people like you persist in blaming the road? It is not the fault of the road when a person doesn't navigate correctly!

        Blaming the road for the accidents is akin to blaming the fork when you over eat.

        I don't know what caused the accident and I am sad for her family, friends and the first responders that get to deal with the aftermath.

        The bottom line is that a young woman died and none of us knows what she was doing just prior to the accident. I don't know if she was speeding, lighting a cigarette or answering a text message, but blaming the road however, is simply ignorant.

        • derp

          'Blaming the road for the accidents is akin to blaming the fork when you over eat.'

          Or blaming the gun for a violent crime…ZING!

        • Mike Loranger

          Hello Mr. Guest,

          As you give no factuakl data, I don't think your "defense" of a horrific stretch of roadway is worthy of a reply; but I will report direct contact with Mr. Ron from the County, and Mr. Spanbauer from Ms. Jacob's office, and they assured me the road improvements are moving ahead as scheduled.

          So, you (and ol' Herve) can continue your misguided crusade to maintain the status quo, while the rest of us move forward to a better future. Perhaps you can write a letter to the paper explaining how great a road San Vicente is… But I guess then you'd have to sign your name.

          • Herve

            Mike, I'm not trying to maintain the status quo, I'm just voicing my opinion about what I personally believe is not addressing the real issue, and even likely to make it worse.
            Like everyone else, I'm eager to see the new road open, and see whether there are more or less accidents.
            While I'm hoping there will be less accidents, less injuries, and less deaths, I don't believe it will be the case as long as we don't address the real issue which is speeding and distracted driving.
            Horrific roads are all over the place, and we won't be able to widen them all. That's why I'm advocating for people to anticipate and be ready for the worst, rather than having them rely on the government to give them a false sense of safety by opening up some roads for them.
            I'll be more than happy to be proven wrong and made fun of afterwards (that's why I'm using my real name), because it would mean that families would be spared the horror of losing a child. Looking stupid and being made fun of never killed anyone after all, and I will gladly wear the donkey hat if that makes you laugh.
            And, while I sign my name here, I maintain that San Vicente Road is a wonderful and safe stretch of road provided that we travel at 40 to 45MPH and keep our eyes on the road. I do that all the time and I love it. All I'm saying to speeders is "Try it and let us all get home safe". Because, eventually, this is what they will have to do anyway, no matter what the road looks like.

          • Darnel H.


            I think it is a FACT that the road did not move in any way, shape, form or fashion. Your lack of a reply only shows your ignorance.

            You want to hold an immovable object accountable for the action of a conscious adult which is simply ignorant on your part.

            It is possible that the road needs to be repaved and perhaps widened, but how many times do you think that young woman drove that road with not one darn thing going wrong?

            If the road were the problem, there would be more accidents; in FACT, Mike, if the road is at fault as you believe it is, why aren't there accidents on it everyday? I will answer that for you…it isn't the road's fault.

            It also doesn't sound as though the County's improvements to the road are going to make the road that much safer. Will you still blame the road when there are accidents after the improvements?

            Let's take the example of the coyote running across the road and scaring her. Do you think she would still be alive if the road was wider? It depends on how much wider the road is, correct?

            How wide would you like the road, Mike? How straight would you like it? What will be the comments you make after the improvements? Will you still blame the road?

            I don't care if the road is repaired, modified or left alone. It matters not to me. What matters to me are the stupid comments people like you make that want to absolve others of responsibility.

            Again, I don't know what caused the accident and I am not denigrating this woman's character or abilities.

            I am in FACT calling your comments stupid.

          • Mike Loranger

            Hey Daniel,

            Another fatality tonight, two in one week.

            Do you have any idea of the pure stupidity of your above post? Even taking into account the garbage the rest of the village idiots write, what you have written above is probably most ignorant and insensitive thing ever posted to this site.

  2. Herve

    Joe, people will learn only when WE teach them.
    And the only way to teach them is to have a police officer on motorcycle, dedicated to the Estates with a mobile radar, issuing tickets all day long.
    This poor girl is not to blame, nor are her parents, as she only did what other drivers have been showing her all day long on that stretch of road.
    This morning, once again, on my way to work, around 6:20am on the San Vicente Road stretch between the Wildcat Canyon Road and Deviney Lane intersections, a silver Chevy SUV/Crossover (EDGE or EQUINOX) passed me and the dark blue/green Chevrolet SUV behind me (both of us at once !!!), crossing the yellow lane, while we were both driving at 50 MPH already.
    That person had a dog sitting on the back seat, but I couldn't see whether the driver was a man or a woman.
    Further down the road, that same driver crossed again the yellow line where the speed limit is 40MPH, to pass a vehicle which was already driving around that speed. Second time to cross a yellow line in only a few minutes.
    As it was not enough, that same driver in the silver Chevy SUV/Crossover made a right turn at the red light at the intersection with D Street, without even stopping, and kept going there without even stopping at the first stop sign on D Street.
    So, what is the message sent by this driver to young drivers? "Go ahead, Kid … Drive as fast as you want … just like me!"
    We can pray and mourn the loss of loved ones all day long, nothing will change unless we take drastic actions (other than widening the road, which will be an invitation to those people to drive even faster): how about cancelling driving licenses, impounding vehicles and jail time for reckless drivers? If it saves one life, it's worth a try.

  3. guest

    The road sucks. It is getting widened and there is nothing the NIMBYs can do about it, thank goodness. I would have prefered four lanes over two. I only hope all of the other road projects projected for Ramona get going sooner rather than later.

  4. carl

    i agree, people need to slow down, i travel that road every day at 45 and it is just fine but the people 6" off my bumper don't think so. Maybe the trafic engineers long ago should of thought about the safe speed on that stretch of road. However posted–still don't keep people from exceeding it. 65 is just poor judgment for driving that road–noone is to blame and a lack of experience is the fault. I have a 22 year old and he does the same–likes the power and the curves but don't know how to react. I tell him to drive like a little old lady from Pasadena–no offense_ but that don't seem to work.

  5. Ramona Resident

    There are a lot of factors that may have caused the accident. None of us were there, and only God knows what happened. I travel this road every day, and easily you can go the speed she was. Without pressing the gas, you gain speed due to the way the road is paved. A coyote could have easily crossed in front of her causing her to lose control. Us criticizing her driving isn't going to change anything. EVERYONE goes over the 40 mph speed limit. It doesn't help that the road isn't paved smoothly, and is very narrow, where if you hit a bump/pothole and lost control, that you would be able to regain control. May she rest in peace, and her family find comfort. It's sad to pass by every day and see all the crosses, flowers, signs for her and others who have passed away on this curvy road. Many lives have been taken too soon. Including my brothers friend, and sisters coming back from their track event. Not all who have passed away were traveling at dangerous speeds. I feel the road should be improved, but not by adding horse trails. Widen the road, so if bikers decided to also use the road, it doesn't make it unsafe as well.

  6. Jane Tanaka MD

    I have heard very endearing things about the young woman who died in this accident. My deepest sympathy to her family and other loved ones.
    Not that pointing blame will bring her back, but her speeding may not be the entire cause of her accident and demise. Yes, she was driving too fast, but on a narrow curved rural road that is traveled by many cars a day.
    According to Solomon's Curve, someone driving 20 mph over the speed limit on a rural road has a 500 out of 100 million miles traveled risk of ending up in a collision. That should not give anyone permission to speed, but that is 1/20,000 risk.
    However, according to exerpts on Wikipedia on the “Geometric Design on Roads” sights the following expected increase in crashes with narrowness of a rural road with over 2000 vehicles/day, and the increased risk of collision when there is a lack of superelevation in a curve to pull a car back toward the center of the curve.

  7. Jane Tanaka MD

    The following is an exerpt from the source mentioned above:
    "“Safety effects of cross section[:
    Cross slope and lane width affect the safety performance of a road.
    Certain types of crashes, termed "lane departure crashes", are more likely on roads with narrow lanes. These include run-off-road collisions, sideswipes, and head-on collisions. For two-lane rural roads carrying over 2000 vehicles per day, the expected increase in crashes is:
    Lane widthExpected increase in crashes
    12 feet (3.7 m)0%
    11 feet (3.4 m)5%
    10 feet (3.0 m)30%
    9 feet (2.7 m)50%
    The effect of lane width is reduced on urban and suburban roads and low volume roads.
    Insufficient superelevation will also result in an increase in crash rate. The expected increase is shown below:
    Superelevation deficiencyExpected increase in crashes

    I dont know the width or the cross-sectional curve of the accident site, but these may be factors also, if you give creedance to studies by road design engineers.

    • Herve

      Thanks for the info, it is very informative.
      The only issue is that people who already drive at 60MPH on that stretch of road today, will be driving at 80MPH or even higher, because that's what they do: "testing the limits until it breaks". So all the superelevation calculations and implementation won't resolve the real issue …
      Many residents in the Estates are older drivers, are not as alert and fast as younger ones, some others don't have the best eye sight, and all of those won't be driving any faster than 45 to 50MPH anyway no matter the superelevation, while the speeders will come after them even faster on a wider road. Yesterday afternoon, around 2pm, I was following an old lady in a Lincoln Towncar, driving at 35MPH, because that's how she felt confident enough due to her age. I just stayed behind and let her drive the way she felt like (or could), until I could safely pass her. But the guy behind me couldn't, and crossed the yellow line without any visibility. Should we ban this old lady from driving, or should we go after the guy who crossed the yellow line?

  8. Jane Tanaka MD

    So sorry, the last table should have looked more like this:
    Sorry for the typo: Superelevation deficiency vs Expected increase in crashes
    less than 0.01 0%
    0.02 6%
    0.03 9%
    0.04 12%
    0.05 15%
    Superelevation refers to the elevation of the outside edge of a curve with respect to the center of the curve. Typical superelevations are 4-10%. This helps a driver manuever a curve. A deficiency in superelevation means that its harder to negotiate a curve and there is increased risk of a crash.

  9. Torry

    Jane, thank you for a science based perspective. A lot of people are under the impression that fixing roads, increases speed, which makes it more dangerous. I understand how that seems to be a compelling argument, but it is also clearly wrong (or at least incomplete). Thank you for sharing.

  10. Old Timer

    I have lived in Ramona my whole life. I know people who have been injured or died on that same stretch of road. But for the grace of God I could have been a casualty many times myself. The accident that killed that lovely lady was tragic. Having said all that, what truly disgusts me is how many negative and insensitive comments I have read about the accident. It used to be that residents stuck together in times of tragedy. That's still mostly true, but with the increase Ramona has seen in population in the past 20 years, it seems that some have lost their humanity. The old timers still have it; I know that for a fact. I don't know who the insensitive jerks are, but I wish you'd go back to wherever you came from and take your a-hole commentaries with you.

  11. The life saved might b u

    I pray for everyone that has lost a loved one in a vehicle related death. This young woman has a wonderful Mother and family that is suffering more than I can bear to think about. Forget about who was responsible for any accident. If you can engineer a better road it would be worth just one life to make the improvement.

    • Jane Tanaka MD

      Can anyone comment on the following: . Years ago, when Devinney died, there was mention that there are curves on San Vicente Rd that the grade is the wrong way… ie pulling the cars out of the curve, rather than into the curve?

  12. E Kraus

    Well Carl, your son's attitude is the reason why we need to make the road safer. I don't want to be the one in the other lane when he comes barreling around the turn. Does everyone think that the victim is always the one who causes the accident. Too many times I hear about the one who walks away is the person who caused it and the poor victim just happened to be there when the "mistake" was made. Look at last nights example. A married man with 74 long years on this planet snuffed out in an instant. It makes me sick. His poor family. I'm not going to put my faith in driver training and telling folks to slow down. Minimizing risk would be to make a safer road–plain and simple.

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