VICTORVILLE – Authorities are asking for the public’s help in locating the family of a 33-year-old male transient identified as Eric Hester.
On Tuesday, October 11th, 2016 at about 2:40 a.m. dispatch received a call from Southern California Edison employee regarding a man down at the old Wal-Mart located at 15272 Bear Valley Road in Victorville.
At about 1:00 a.m. the SCE employee received information that a transformer had blown at the location knocking out power to the surrounding area.
When the employee arrived he discovered Eric Hester near the transformer. Hester was breathing and appeared to be in severe pain, suffering burns to over half of his body.
According to authorities, evidence at the scene indicated that the Hester had broken into the transformer case in an attempt to steal wiring. Hester began cutting the wires when he received an electrical shock, causing the severe burns.
The damage to the transformer caused a major power outage to a very large portion of the community.
Hester was transported to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center to be treated for his injuries. On Friday, October 14th, 2016 Hester died from his injuries.
He is described as Male, Black, 5′ 10″ / 240 lbs, black hair and brown eyes. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department-Coroner Division is looking for Hester’s family/next of kin. Anyone with information about who Hester’s family/next of kin please call 909-387-2978.