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UPDATE: Coroner ID’s driver killed after crashing into traffic signal light in Apple Valley

UPDATE 4/18 — The San Bernardino County Coroner’s Office identified the deceased as 72-year-old Henry Wheeler, a resident of Apple Valley.

APPLE VALLEY, Calif. (VVNG.com) — The intersection of Apple Valley Road and Tuscola Roads was closed Sunday afternoon after a fatal traffic collision.

For reasons still under investigation, at about 1:00 pm, on April 16, 2023, a white SUV slammed into the traffic signal light at the southeast corner. The impact caused extensive damage to the SUV and caused the light to fall to the ground.

The large metal pole shredded through the engine compartment of the SUV. Sheriff’s officials told VVNG the driver sideswiped another vehicle before traveling into the traffic light pole.

Firefighters with Apple Valley Fire responded to the scene and confirmed one person was pronounced deceased at the scene.

At this time it’s unknown how long the roadway is anticipated to remain closed.

The investigation is ongoing and additional information will be updated as it becomes available.

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man killed in crash on apple valley road identified
man killed in crash on apple valley road identified
man killed in crash on apple valley road identified
man killed in crash on apple valley road identified
man killed in crash on apple valley road identified

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