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Alcohol suspected in fatal crash on SR-18 in Lucerne Valley



California Highway Patrol

LUCERNE VALLEY, Calif. ( – Authorities say alcohol is believed to be a factor in a fatal crash on State Route 18 in Lucerne Valley Halloween night.

California Highway Patrol officers responded to a head-on traffic collision involving a 2003 Chevy Silverado and a 2009 Freightliner tractor-trailer near the Camp Rock Road intersection.

It happened at 11:10 p.m, October 31, when for reasons still unknown, the Silverado traveled across the double yellow line and collided head-on with the semi, CHP officials said in a news release.

Through investigation, officers determined the driver of the Silverado was traveling south on SR-18 towards his residence in Lucerne Valley.

“He passed his residence so he made a U-turn, and began traveling north on SR-18,” officials said.

According to the release, the driver of the Chevy “was not wearing his seatbelt, was fully ejected from his vehicle and sustained fatal injuries.”

A passenger in the truck sustained minor injuries and the driver of the semi was not injured.

The identity of the deceased will be released pending positive notification of next of kin.

This investigation will be handled to its conclusion by Victorville CHP Officer G. Williams of the Victorville CHP office. Anyone with any information regarding this collision is encouraged to contact CHP at (760) 241-1186.