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DUI hit-and-run driver arrested after hitting SUV carrying family of 7 in Hesperia

The driver and three passengers fled, but were detained a short time later

HESPERIA, Calif. (VVNG.com) — A 22-year-old man was arrested for felony hit-and-run and driving under the influence of alcohol after he fled the scene of a crash that injured a family of seven in Hesperia.

At approximately 10:39 p.m., on Saturday, July 14, 2018, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputies and San Bernardino County Fire responded to a two-vehicle traffic collision on Mesa Street between Third and Fourth Avenues.

When officials arrived at the scene, they located a 2003 GMC Yukon on its side and a 2003 Mazda sedan with front-end damage.

According to SB County Fire radio traffic, seven occupants were reported to be inside the SUV at the time of the crash. At least two adults and two children were transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Witnesses say four occupants of the sedan fled on foot immediately after the crash.

Thanks to the quick response time from the Hesperia Deputies, all four occupants who fled from the Mazda were apprehended a short time later. Three of the detained occupants from the Mazda later identified the driver as Terrance Barnett.

Officials located the Mazda car keys in Barnett’s pocket. He was transported to the Hesperia Sheriff’s Station and booked for DUI and injury-hit-and-run, stated Cindy Bachman, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Spokeswoman.

According to public arrests records, Barnett is currently being held on a $100,000 bail and is scheduled to appear for arraignment inside a Victorville courtroom on July 17, 2018. His charges include VC23153(A) DUI Causing Bodily Injury, VC23153(B) Driving with a BAC .08 or Higher, and VC20001(A) Felony Hit and Run With Injury.

The official cause of the crash remains under investigation by the Hesperia Sheriff’s Station. Anyone with information on this case is asked to call (760)947-1500.

First responders treated two of the 5 children from the flipped SUV after it was struck by a DUI driver. (Gabriel D. Espinoza, Victor Valley News)
First responders treated two of the 5 children from the flipped SUV after it was struck by a DUI driver. (Gabriel D. Espinoza, Victor Valley News)
Several kids were inside an SUV that flipped after bein gstruck by a drunk driver. (Gabriel D. Espinoza, Victor Valley News)
Several kids were inside an SUV that flipped after bein gstruck by a drunk driver. (Gabriel D. Espinoza, Victor Valley News)

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