APPLE VALLEY-(VVNG.com): The tragic death of 74-year-old Ronald Olson while checking the mail at his Apple Valley home was determined to be caused by the driver that hit him driving under the influence.
On January 16th at about 1:25 p.m. Olson went outside to check his mail while 26-year-old, Andrea Baker was driving northbound on Joshua Road near Standing Rock Avenue and lost control of her vehicle.
According to the CHP, Baker drove off the roadway in her 2000 GMC Sierra going through the chain link fence and slamming into a wall. Olson, was severely injured with blunt force trauma and was given CPR at the scene. He succumbed to his injuries as he was being transported to St. Mary’s Hospital.
Baker, according to CHP officials was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the collision and sustained a broken leg and hip injury. She was transported to Loma Linda University with moderate to major non-life-threatening injuries.
Although DUI was believed to be the cause of the collision, a neighbor said that Baker swerved to avoid hitting a dog, which made her lose control. The family had just weeks before the incident suffered the loss of Olson’s son in the December 22nd motorcycle collision on Hwy 15 between Highway 395 and the Ranchero Bridge.
On July 13th, Baker was charged with manslaughter while intoxicated and being under the combined influence of alcohol and drugs causing injury in connection to the death of Olson. An arrest warrant was issued for Baker on July 30th, but at this time Baker is considered a fugitive.
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