San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release

DATE/TIME: Saturday, January 7, 2017 / 2:07 a.m.

INCIDENT: Fatal Traffic Collision

LOCATION: Chino Hills Parkway / Northbound on-ramp of SR 7, Chino Hills

INVOLVED PARTY/DRIVER: Thomas Contreras, age 63 a resident of Chino Hills, driving a black 1997 Chevrolet Tahoe.

VICTIM/PASSENGER: 53 year old male adult a resident of Chino Hills. Name withheld pending family notification.


On Saturday, January 7, 2017, at about 2:07 ours, Contreras was driving west on Chino Hills Parkway with two passengers inside his 1997 Chevrolet Tahoe. Once through the intersection of Ramona Avenue, the Tahoe crossed the double yellow line and continued west onto a raised concrete center median. The Tahoe continued west on the median for about 230 feet with no physical evidence of braking. The front of the Tahoe collided into a traffic signal pole at the intersection of SR 71 northbound on-ramp. The impact resulted in the death of the front passenger, and non-life threatening injuries to the rear passenger and Contreras who were transported to local hospitals.

Anyone who may have witnessed or has additional information regarding this collision is urged to contact the Chino Hills Police Department at (909) 364-2000. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to contact the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or the website at

Refer:Deputy Don Rusk / Deputy Peat Ortiz

Station:Chino Hills Station

Phone No.909-364-2000

Case No.221700081

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