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  • 701902621
    On 04/15/2019, at about 2:17 PM, John Picard, a 68-year-old resident of Las Vegas NV, was driving a Jeep east on Coloseum Rd. in the Mojave Preserve when he lost control and the Jeep rolled over off the side of the road. The passenger, of the Jeep was injured, but able to flag down a motorcyclist riding in the area. They called 911, and emergency crews from San Bernardino and Clark Counties responded. Picard was pronounced dead at the scene. The Barstow office of the California Highway Patrol is investigating the incident. [04232019 0800 JK]
  • 701902744
    On Saturday 04/20/2019, at approximately 7:57 PM, officers of the California Highway Patrol and San Bernardino County Fire Department personnel responded to State Highway 18 near Crest Forest Drive, Crestline, in response of a single vehicle motorcycle collision. Upon arrival, a Hispanic male the approximate age of 38, was pronounced dead at 10:24 PM. The name of the male is being withheld pending the family notification. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the incident. [04212019 JL]
  • 701902668
    On 04/17/2019, at 10:09 PM, Colton Police Officers responded to the railroad tracks near Mission Street and Mount Vernon Avenue, Colton, after a pedestrian was struck by the train. The pedestrian, Lucy Vaegaau Tuufuli, a 44-year-old resident of San Bernardino, was pronounced dead at the scene at 10:24 PM, by Colton Fire Department personnel. The Union Pacific Police Department, is investigating the collision. [04212019 JL]
  • 701902673
    On 04/18/2019, at 3:30 AM, officers with the Fontana Police Department responded to the 17800 block of Foothill Boulevard, Fontana, for a pedestrian struck by a vehicle. The pedestrian, 42-year-old Vicente Meza Lomas of Fontana, was pronounced deceased at the scene at 3:35 AM. The Fontana Police Department is investigating the incident. [04212019 JL]
  •  701902708
    On 04/19/2019, at approximately 1:23 pm, officers of the San Bernardino Police Department responded to the 6000 block of Outer Highway 18, San Bernardino, after a grey Ford Mustang collided with a roadside rock and caught fire. The driver was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver’s identity is being withheld pending confirmation of identity and notification of next of kin. The San Bernardino Police Department is investigating the incident. [04212019 JL]
  • 701902595
    On 04/14/2019, at 2:00 pm, Deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Apple Valley Station responded to a traffic collision on Bear Valley Road west of Deep Creek Road in Apple Valley. 28-year-old Amanda Hinman, an Apple Valley resident, was the passenger in a 2008 Toyota Sienna that had been traveling east on Bear Valley Road. The driver of the Toyota lost control and crossed over into the westbound lanes where it struck a Chevrolet Blazer head-on. Hinman was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Apple Valley Station is investigating the collision. [04152019 0800 JK]
  • 701902604
    On 04/15/2019, at 2:27 am, a male riding a bicycle in the 3100 block of West Kendall Drive in the city of San Bernardino, was struck by a Jeep sport utility vehicle. The man was transported to Community Hospital of San Bernardino where he was pronounced dead. The identity of the male is being withheld pending notification to family. San Bernardino Police Department is investigating the incident. [04152019 0800 JK]
  • 701902522
    On Thursday 04/11/19, At about 5:30 PM the front desk of a hotel located in the 200 block of Vineyard Ave. in Ontario received a call from a room rented by Michael Herman Spence, a 52 year-old resident of West Covina. The caller asked for staff to check on Spence. Hotel staff entered the room when there was no response at the door. A male subject later identified as Spence was found unresponsive and 911 was called at 5:37 PM. Officers from the Ontario Police Department and paramedics from the Ontario Fire Department responded to the location. Paramedics confirmed death at 5:46 PM. The Ontario Police Department is investigating the incident. An autopsy will be performed to determine cause of death. This is an ongoing investigation and no further information will be released.  [04122019 1130 SC]
  • 701902484
    On 04/09/2019, at 3:30 pm, Johnny Lee Hartfield III of Victorville, was travelling north on Interstate 15 in Hesperia when he struck the rear of a tractor trailer. He was transported to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. California Highway Patrol Victorville office is investigating the incident. [04102019 0730 JK]
  • 701902474
    On 04/09/2019, at 1:09 p.m., officers with the Rialto Police Department responded to a vehicle collision in the intersection of Etiwanda Avenue and Cedar Avenue in Rialto. The passenger of the 2000 Nissan Sentra, 75-year-old Soledad Brambila, was pronounced deceased at the scene at 1:36 p.m. Rialto Police Department is investigating the collision. [04102019 0730 JK]
  • 701902407
    ON 04/06/2019 at 4:38 PM a 911 call was received reporting a pedestrian hit by a semi-tractor trailer rig on the southbound lanes of Interstate 15 north of Afton Canyon Rd in rural Baker. Emergency crews responded to the scene and Casey Jolly, a 42-year-old resident of Temecula, was pronounced dead on scene. The name of the deceased is being withheld pending notification of the next of kin. The Barstow office of the California Highway Patrol is investigating the incident. [04072019 0930 JK]
  • 701902404
    On Saturday, 04/06/2019, at approximately 3:53 PM, Gladys Bettencourt, an 83-year-old resident of Las Vegas, Nevada, was a passenger in a vehicle collision. The collision occurred at the intersection of Silica Dr. and Seventh Ave., in the city of Victorville. Bettencourt was transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead. The San Bernardino County Sheriff Department is investigating the collision. [04072019 0930 JK]
  • 701902394
    On Saturday, 03/09/2019, at 12:13 am, San Bernardino County Deputies responded to the 7262 block of Sterling Avenue, in Highland, regarding residential fire. Benjamin Silva, 77-year-old, resident of Highland, was transport to a local hospital with injuries. On Thursday, 03/28/2019, at 10:00 am, he was pronounced dead. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Bomb and Arson Unit, investigated the residential fire. [04072019 0930 JK]
  • 701902390
    Eliseo Navarro, a 65-year-old resident of San Bernardino, died on 04/05/2019. Anyone with information regarding Navarro’s family is encouraged to contact the Coroner Division at (909) 387-2978. [04072019 0930 JK]
  • 701902372
    On 04/05/19, at 4:54 AM Fontana Police Department Officers and emergency medical service personnel responded to the intersection of Jurupa Ave and Redwood Ave in Fontana, regarding a traffic collision. Ricardo Martinez, a 35-year-old Fontana resident, was transported by ambulance to the Kaiser Foundation Hospital Fontana emergency room where he was pronounced dead at 5:25 AM. Fontana Police Department is investigating the circumstances of the collision. [04072019 0930 JK]

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