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CHP Officer involved in crash while responding to accident in Victorville

VICTORVILLE, Calif. ( — A California Highway Patrol Officer responding to a crash where a 12-year-old girl was reported to be unconscious was involved in his own accident on Friday afternoon.

At about 2:40 pm, Officer Rodriguez was operating a marked CHP patrol vehicle with emergency lights and siren activated as he responded to a crash with injuries on Ridgecrest Road near the community of Spring Valley Lake, officials said.

Officer Rodriguez was eastbound on Greentree Blvd. in the no. 1 lane just east of Dean Avenue when a 1997 Acura sedan driven by Iris Banuelos, 41, of Hesperia was entering the roadway from a business on the north side of the road and has stopped within the two-way left turn lane, facing eastbound, preparing to merge into eastbound traffic, ahead of Officer Rodriguez.

According to a CHP news release, “as Officer Rodriguez neared the Acura’s location, Banuelos merged from the two-way left turn lane into the number one lane ahead of Officer Rodriguez. Officer Rodriguez immediately took evasive action, veering to the right into the number two lane. Banuelos continued across the number one lane and entered the number two lane, where the right rear of the Acura struck the left front of the patrol vehicle.”

This initial impact redirected the Acura further to the right where it then struck a chain link fence to a private residence on the south side of Greentree Blvd.

Banuelos sustained the complaint of pain injuries to her neck and head and was transported to Victor Valley Hospital by AMR ambulance. Officer Rodriguez was uninjured.

Both vehicles sustained damage requiring them to be towed from the scene.

(Gabriel D. Espinoza, Victor Valley News)
(Gabriel D. Espinoza, Victor Valley News)

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