San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department
DATE/TIME: 12-23-15 12:25 PM
INCIDENT: SHERIFF’S DIVE TEAM SEARCHING FOR PERSON IN AQUEDUCT
LOCATION: US395/AQUEDUCT, HESPERIA
VICTIM:BRANDON FIGUEROA, 20 YEAR-OLD MALE OF ADELANTO
Divers checked the aqueduct until nightfall on Wednesday, December 23, 2015. Divers and Hesperia Traffic Deputies returned to the scene at approximately 7:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 24thto continue the search from where divers left off the night before. At approximately 12:47 p.m., divers located the victim’s body. Family members were notified Wednesday evening and were present during the search and recovery of their family member Brandon Figueroa. According to family, Brandon was on his way home from work with the accident occurred.
On Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at approximately 12:25 p.m., Deputies of the Hesperia Sheriff’s Station were dispatched to a report of a vehicle losing control on US395 and driving off into the Aqueduct. Witnesses further reported they saw a man escape out of the vehicle and attempt to stay afloat as the aqueduct pushed him further east. They walked next to the man approximately 150 yards before they lost track of him.
Deputies responded to different locations along the aqueduct to watch for the victim and Sheriff’s Helicopter 40K was searching from the air. Detective Rios of the Hesperia Station is part of the Sheriff’s Dive Team and was able to be on scene quickly. Once in the water, Rios searched the vehicle and did not find anyone inside. A tow truck was on scene shortly to remove the vehicle from the water.
Nothing further is known at this time. The Sheriff’s Dive Team is on scene and continuing the search.
Refer: Karen Hunt, Media Relations
Phone No. 760-947-1549
John McMahon, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department
Sheriff’s Public Affairs Division
655 E. Third Street
San Bernardino, California 92415-0061
Telephone: (909) 387-3700