CORONA, Calf. – A 20-year-old Riverside woman who was living with her boyfriend in a flood control canal in was killed in a flood on Thursday.
At around 6:34 a.m., Corona Police and Firefighters responded to McKinley Street and Sampson Avenue for a swift water rescue from a nearby flood control canal. A male victim, identified as James Felix, 35, of Riverside, was located and rescued. Felix told the rescue personnel that his girlfriend, Stacie Mills-Nichols, 20, of Riverside, had been swept away in the fast-moving water.
Mills-Nichols was located near Auburndale and Rincon Street. Both Felix and Mills-Nichols were transported to the hospital. Mills-Nichols was pronounced dead at the hospital. The couple, who was living in the flood control canal in the area of Indiana and La Sierra Avenue. Felix said that the water was quickly rising, getting neck high and sweeping them away.
The raging waters took Felix and Mills-Nichols west through the canal from Riverside and into Corona, where a nearby citizen spotted Felix in the flood canal and called 911.
Due to this incident terminating in the City of Corona, the Corona Police Department is handling the investigation. If anyone has further information regarding this incident, please call Sr. Detective Jesse Jurado at 951-279-3628 or email Jesse.Jurado@CoronaCA.gov.
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- Stacie Mills-Nichols: Facebook