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Body of second person found in crash near Hesperia Lake; Coroner IDs driver and passenger

HESPERIA, Calif. ( – The body of a second person was recovered from a vehicle that was impaled against a tree following a crash near Hesperia Lake, Tuesday.

The San Bernardino County Coroner’s Office has identified the driver and passenger of a gold-colored 2002 Buick Century as 24-year-old Pedro “Peter”Perez of Apple Valley, and 27-year-old Ruben Medina of Hesperia.

The solo-vehicle crash happened on December 13, 2022, when for unknown reasons, the driver veered off the roadway at an unknown rate of speed, striking a tree and causing the vehicle to become lodged against it, according to a previously published VVNG article.

(Driver killed in crash after car wraps around tree. -Gabriel D. Espinoza, VVNG)

The driver was pronounced deceased at the scene, and firefighters utilize specialized equipment to make access to the interior of the vehicle, declaring the passenger deceased.

(Ruben Medina – GoFundMe)

The family of Medina started a fundraiser account for help with funeral expenses, according to the GofundMe website.

The family of Perez additionally created a GoFundMe account for memorial costs, the page description reads.

(Pedro “Peter” Perez- Gofundme)

“Peter was such a loving, kind and outgoing young man. Sadly his journey ended a couple of days ago. His death has left an emptiness in our hearts. Whoever knew this young man was very lucky. With this sudden death, we have created a go fund to help out with memorial cost. Whoever can donate it will be greatly apreciated. Anything will help to help his mom. God bless you,” family member Ayleen Luna wrote on the fundraiser.

The cause of the crash is under investigation by the Hesperia Police Department.

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