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HESPERIA: (VVNG) – A fatal traffic collision claimed the lives of a family of five that included two adults and three juveniles. The collision occurred on Main street and Balsam in the city of Hesperia on Mother’s Day Sunday May 11, 2014.
Deputies from the Hesperia station as well as rescue personnel from county fire responded to the two-vehicle collision just before 7:00 a.m.
First deputies arrived on scene, confirmed that there had been a collision and that there were multiple occupants in one of the vehicles described as Honda vehicle.
Two of the occupants that had suffered fatal injuries were still inside the vehicle. An adult male and a juvenile male were extricated from the vehicle and those two occupants were transported to various hospitals. Where later, both of those died from their injuries as a result of the traffic collision.
“At this time we have four ( UPDATED TO 5 after the interview) confirmed fatalities as a result of this collision. We don’t have the identities confirmed of any of the occupants at this time and that’s still under investigation. But we do know that there was an adult male, an adult female and two juveniles,” stated Sgt. Hubbard with the Hesperia Police Department.
According to a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Press Release, at approximately 1:30 p.m., emergency and heavy equipment tow truck personnel were able to remove the van from atop the Honda. Once removed, a third victim, a male juvenile, was located inside the vehicle. Due to the extreme structural damage, the victim was concealed and could not be accessed/seen by emergency personnel.
The Hesperia Station Major Accident Investigation Team (M.A.I.T) is on scene conducting the investigation trying to process evidence and interview any witnesses that might have been present trying to determine what caused the collision.
Sgt. Hubbard explained, “we do believe at this time that the Honda car was traveling south on Balsam. Had stopped at the stop sign to that intersects with Main Street and then for unknown reasons the white delivery van who was traveling eastbound on Main Street crossed over into the westbound lanes up on to the sidewalk and then the collision occurred at that intersection of Main and Balsam.”
The driver of the delivery van did not receive any injuries as a result of the collision but investigators are currently interviewing him. “It’s still early on in the investigation and investigators are currently trying to piece that back altogether”, stated Sgt. Hubbard.
The names of the victims are not being released at this time pending positive identification and notification of family.
The investigation is ongoing and Main St. is closed at 11th Street while MAIT investigators process the scene for evidence. Anyone with information or anyone who may have witnessed the collision is asked to contact the Hesperia Station.