Woman Accused of Stabbing Trucker to Death While Parked on Interstate Will Stand Trial
Lake Elsinore, CA – A California woman who is accused of killing a trucker while he was in his truck parked along the interstate will stand trial for murder.
Riverside County Superior Court Judge Mark Mandio determined this week that Vanessa Michelle Ruvalcaba, 24, of Riverside, will stand trial for the 2019 murder of 32-year-old Hosbaldo Davila Jr. of San Bernardino, multiple local media outlets report.
According to California Highway Patrol (CHP) investigators, the deadly attack occurred on April 20, 2019, at approximately 7 a.m. along the southbound shoulder of Interstate 15 in Lake Elsinore.
Authorities say Davila was inside his bobtail semi when witnesses observed Ruvalcaba running from the scene along the interstate.
Witnesses reported the suspicious activity by calling 9-1-1.
Further, at least one witness reported Ruvalcaba appeared to have blood on her.
CHP along with Riverside County sheriff’s deputies and CalFire responded to the call.
Police arrived within minutes and found Ruvalcaba not far from the vehicle.
She was taken into custody a short time later.
According to CHP, investigators were on the scene for nine hours.
“After an examination of the bobtail truck, an adult male was located severely injured while sitting in the driver’s seat of the truck,” CHP Officer Mike Lassig said in a news release following Ruvalcaba’s arrest. “The male adult was pronounced deceased from wounds consistent from a stabbing.”
Ruvalcaba does have a prior conviction for burglary, resulting in a three-year sentence of probation.
However, authorities have not revealed a possible motive for the deadly attack or if Ruvalcaba knew the victim prior to the incident.
Authorities have also not said why Davila was parked along the interstate’s shoulder at the time of the alleged murder.
Ruvalcaba is currently being held at the Robert Presley Jail in Riverside on $1 million bail.
In addition to the murder charge, she is also facing a sentence-enhancing weapon allegation for use of a knife, which under California law, could add one more year to her sentence if found guilty.
Ruvalcaba entered a plea of not guilty on May 3, 2019.
TransportationNation.com will continue to follow the case.
Photos courtesy of Riverside County Sheriff’s Department/Davila Family