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Barstow Man, 23, Killed in Crash Near Truck Stop Identified

UPDATE: The Barstow Police Department issued a press release on the evening of January 24th and confirmed the driver of the vehicle remained on scene and was cooperative with the investigation. Barstow Police Officers determined that the driver was not under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.

BARSTOW, Calif. ( — David A. Ochoa, 23 of Barstow, was fatally injured in an incident near Love’s Country Store this weekend, and his family is searching for answers.

The collision occurred on Lenwood Road near High Desert Road on the evening of Saturday, January 20, 2024.

Despite life-saving efforts, Ochoa was pronounced deceased at the scene.

Family members have come forward in the wake of the incident, pleading with the public for any information that may lead to closure in this heartbreaking event.

Daem Garcia, a cousin of the victim, reached out on Facebook sharing his grief and requesting assistance: “This is my cousin David he was killed yesterday on Lenwood road while walking to work the driver did a hit and run but we don’t know if anyone has more info plz text me at 760 900 6787 we are very devastated and want answers he was only 23 years old.”

Barstow PD shut the road down for the investigation. (Photo: Araceli Espinoza)

Anyone with additional information regarding this investigation may contact Barstow Police at (760) 256-2211. Those wishing to remain anonymous may also report criminal activity by calling the WE-Tip hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or may leave information on the We-Tip website at

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