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DUI suspected in Saturday night crash that injured 3 in Hesperia



Officials say DUI may have been a factor in a Saturday night crash in Hesperia. Gabriel D. Espinoza, Victor Valley News)

HESPERIA, Calif. ( — One person was airlifted and two others were taken to various hospitals following a head-on crash Saturday night in Hesperia.

It happened at about 10:16 pm on Cottonwood Avenue near Sycamore Street and involved a white 2003 Jeep Grand Cherokee, and a 2003 GMC Sierra 1500.

Firefighters with San Bernardino County Fire and deputies from the Hesperia Police Department were dispatched to crash.

According to Sergeant Burns, the Jeep was traveling northbound on Cottonwood and the pickup truck was traveling southbound.

Witnesses told officials the driver of the white Jeep was attempting to illegally pass other vehicles and went head-on into opposing traffic, causing the collision.

“I was in my house relaxing when I heard the impact, I immediately called 911 and then ran to help,” said a nearby resident. “The driver of the Jeep was completely out of it at first, and then he slowly started responding.”

Sgt. Burns said the Jeep was occupied by one male driver and the pickup truck was occupied by a male driver and a young male passenger.

The driver of the Jeep was critically injured and a medical helicopter was requested to airlift him. He was transported by ground ambulance to Desert Valley Hospital and subsequently airlifted to Loma Linda Medical Center via a Mercy Air helicopter.

Police suspect the driver of the Jeep was under the influence of drugs/and or alcohol at the time of the crash. However, due to the driver’s injuries, further tests will be completed at the hospital, officials said.

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

Additional information will be updated as it becomes available.

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