HESPERIA, Calif. (VVNG.com) — A Rialto man is suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs when he allegedly ran a red light causing a crash that claimed the life of a 46-year-old man.
The San Bernardino County Coroner’s Office identified the man killed in Saturday night’s crash as 46-year-old Marcellino Cabrera, III, of Hesperia.
Marcelino died on impact after his 1994 Honda Accord was t-boned by a 2002 BMW as he attempted to drive across an intersection on October 12, 2019.
It happened at about 8:00 pm in the area of Main Street and Mariposa Road in Hesperia.
Deputies arrived and found Marcelino unresponsive inside his Honda, west of Mariposa Road on Main Street. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Deputies found the silver 2002 BMW on top of a down palm tree in the In-n-Out parking lot.
The driver of the BMW, Ramses Gonzales, a resident of Rialto, was assisted out of his vehicle and airlifted to Loma Linda Medical Center in critical condition.
According to a sheriff’s news release, “through investigation, deputies have determined that Gonzalez was driving his BMW westbound on Main Street approaching the intersection with Mariposa Road when it collided into the Honda Accord traveling northbound on Mariposa Road, and through the intersection with Main Street.”
Ashleigh Hunt was one of several witnesses who described seeing the driver of the BMW run the red light.
Ashleigh said the silver Honda that was struck by the BMW began spinning. “I jumped out of my sister’s car and ran to the silver car in like 15 seconds. Seriously, and the only thing I could think to do is check his pulse.”
“I was just on the other side of the palm tree exiting the drive-thru when I saw the car come at me with all the smoke and fire and sparks,” stated Bryan Lopez. “It’s insane how fast it all happened.”
Sheriff’s officials said, “preliminary investigation suggests that alcohol and/or drugs may be a contributing factor to the collision.”
Westbound lanes of Main Street were closed from Mountain Vista Avenue to the I-15 northbound on-ramp until approximately 2:30 am on Sunday, October 13, 2019.
Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call the Hesperia sheriff’s station at 760-947-1500.