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2 children airlifted; 3 others injured after crash on Village Drive in Victorville

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UPDATE 2/15@9:40 AM — The driver of the Toyota was transported by ambulance to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries. His name is being withheld, pending notification of next of kin.

VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) — Two children were airlifted to trauma centers and three other’s were rushed to local hospitals following a traffic collision Wednesday afternoon.

At about 4:14 p.m., San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputies along with San Bernardino County Fire and American Medical Response (AMR) were dispatched to a traffic collision with people trapped.

Upon arrival, first responders located a white Dodge Ram truck and a Toyota Corolla with major damage and blocking the intersection of Village Drive and Puesta Del Sol Drive in Victorville. Two adults and three children inside the sedan were injured and requiring medical attention.

Due to the number of injuries, firefighters upgraded the response type to a mass casualty incident (MC).

According to San Bernardino County Fire spokesman Eric Sherwin, two pediatric patients were airlifted from the scene to Loma Linda University Medical Center and three other adult patients were transported by ground ambulances to various hospitals.

Sherwin confirmed the initial call was reported as requiring extrication but was unable to confirm if firefighters required the jaws of life to extricate any victims. The driver of the pick-up truck declined medical treatment at the scene.

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Deputies determined that a Blue Toyota Corolla was traveling west on Puesta Del Sol Drive, and upon entering the intersection, the Toyota was broadsided by a Dodge pickup truck traveling north on Village Drive.

Alcohol or drugs are not suspected to be a factor in this crash.

Village Drive is expected to remain closed between Puesta Del Sol Drive and Blue Canyon Road until approximately 10:00 p.m., while the Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) processes the scene.

Neighbors in the area are expressing frustration over the safety of the road where tonight’s crash occurred.

In February 2017, an 11-year-old boy walking home from school was struck by a vehicle on Village Drive near Puesta Del Sol Drive, as he attempted to run across the street.

“That area is very dangerous! The cars come flying around that bend! I take my kids to Puesta Del Sol School and I’m so scared to cross!,” stated Vero Juarez.

Vero told Victor Valley News she plans on starting a petition in hopes of getting the city to do something. “I would really like to see a traffic signal or 4-way stop sign installed. A lot of kids walk home and have to cross Village…it’s so dangerous.”

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact Deputy Alejandro Ramos or Deputy Chris DeKeyrel at the Victorville Police Department, (760) 241-2911. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com.

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Helicopter lands on Amethyst Road for woman involved in crash

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VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) A woman was airlifted with critical injuries following a crash late Friday night.

At 11:30 p.m., the Victorville Fire Department, deputies from the Victorville Police Department, and two American Medical Response (AMR) ambulances were dispatched to the intersection of Amethyst and La Mesa Roads for reports of a head-on crash.

– Photo Credit: Travis Dixon.

Upon arrival, firefighters located two vehicles with major damage; a gray 2018 Toyota Camry and a dark-colored sedan with a woman still trapped inside.

Firefighters extricated the woman from the vehicle and requested a helicopter to land near the scene to transport her to a trauma center.

The Camry sustained major front-end damage. – Photo credit: Travis Dixon.

The driver of the Camry, Jaalen “Jay” Thompson, told Victor Valley News that he was traveling westbound on La Mesa Road on a green light when he was struck by the dark sedan that was traveling southbound on Amethyst Road.

Although Thompson did not sustain major injuries, his girlfriend who is pregnant was taken to a local hospital for an evaluation.

“The dark colored sedan ran the red light and smacked my car,” Thompson stated, “She was also pregnant.”

The intersection was closed while authorities investigated the crash.

The cause of the crash is unknown at this time. – Photo Credit: Julio Solano.

As of 12:30 a.m. Saturday, the intersection was reopened.

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State and San Bernardino County OK resumption of youth sports – with restrictions

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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. — The State Department of Public Health has issued long-anticipated guidance allowing youth sports and physical education – including school-based, club, and recreational programs – to resume, as long as they are limited to groups of participants who regularly gather, such as a class or organized team, and only when physical distancing of at least six feet can be maintained.

Activities should take place outside to the maximum extent possible.

Sporting events, assemblies, and other activities that require close contact or that would promote congregating, such as tournaments and competitions, are not yet permitted either indoors or outdoors.

“This is an opportunity for young people to stay healthy, stay in shape, and be ready when the State allows team and other group activities to resume,” said San Bernardino County Public Health Director Corwin Porter. The County Health Officer has approved implementation of the guidance within San Bernardino County.

(San Bernardino County Health news release)

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18-year-old U.S. Army Reservist Stationed at Ft. Irwin arrested on child porn charges

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FORT IRWIN, Calif. (VVNG.com) — An 18-year-old reserve with the United States Army National Guard stationed at Fort Irwin was arrested for possession of child pornography Wednesday, officials said.

Detectives from multiple agencies conducted a joint investigation involving the suspect, Neal McCoy, a resident of Fridley, Minnesota, and subsequently arrested him on Wednesday, August 5, 2020.

McCoy was booked at the High Desert Detention Center for PC 311.11(A) Possession of Child Pornography with a bail set at $100,000. McCoy is scheduled for arraignment on August 7th.

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, Specialized Investigations Division Crimes Against Children Detail (CAC), Barstow Sheriff’s Station, and the United States Army Criminal Investigation Command (CID) worked together in their investigation.

In January 2020, VVNG reported on similar arrests after Steven Berg, 38, was arrested by investigators who determined that child pornography was distributed from a home within the base at Fort Irwin.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact Detective Brian Arias of the Specialized Investigations Division, Crimes Against Children Detail at (909) 387-3615. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip Hotline at www.wetip.com.

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