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Coroner ID’s driver killed in early Sunday morning crash on Highway 138 in Hesperia

HESPERIA, Calif. ( — The California Highway Patrol investigated a fatal head-on traffic accident early Sunday morning in Hesperia.

It happened at about 4:18 am, on July 23, 2023, on Highway 138, between Summit Post Office Road and Little Horsethief Canyon Road.

The crash involved a white Mercedes and a dark gray Chevrolet Camaro.

fatal crash on highway 138 in hesperia

According to reports, the driver of the Mercedes was unresponsive in the back of the ambulance at the time of transport. CHP later changed the call type, from a major injury to a fatal crash investigation.

The San Bernardino County Coroners’ office identified the deceased as 58-year-old Ramiro Ortiz, a resident of Victorville.

fatal crash on highway 138 in hesperia

Both the east and westbound lanes were reopened just before 9:00 am.

“Our dear friend Ramiro was a loving father, husband, and friend. He was on his way to work when this horrible nightmare happened. His family made a GoFundMe for funeral expenses. If anyone would like to help and is able to donate it is greatly appreciated,” commented VVNG Facebook member Cynthia Garcia.

Ramiro’s wife Ada Ortiz, created the Gofundme and said her husband was hit head-on in his lane by a speeding driver and passed away instantly. “We are so devastated and he had so much energy still in him. I miss him so much and trying to figure out everything. If you can help at all, it would be much appreciated. Thank you so much,” stated Ortiz in the Gofundme.

Link to donate: Ramiro Ortiz funeral expenses

Ramiro Ortiz funeral expenses

The cause of the accident is under investigation by the California Highway Patrol San Bernardino Station. Additional information will be updated as it becomes available.

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The original article was updated 7/25 with victims’ Gofundme information, a photo, and a quote.

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