VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) — The San Bernardino County Coroner’s Office identified an 18-year-old girl killed in a traffic accident in the mountain community of Big Bear Lake as Cerine N. Garcia, a resident of Victorville.
It happened on January 16, 2024, at approximately 6:13 p.m., on Big Bear Boulevard, east of Stanfield Cutoff.
Sheriff’s officials said that a black Lexus and a beige Nissan were traveling in opposite directions on Big Bear Boulevard when they collided.
The driver of the Lexus was flown to Loma Linda University Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. The passenger of the Lexus, despite life-saving efforts, died at the scene.
The driver and passenger of the Nissan were transported to Bear Valley Community Hospital for non-life-threatening injuries and later released from the hospital.
Chiane Garcia told VVNG that her sister Cerine had barely turned 18 and was in Big Bear with a friend for a day trip when she passed away.
Chiane launched a fundraising campaign to help bury her sister in Victorville.
“We need to have her nearby. We’re all brokenhearted and can’t believe she’s gone. She’s too young. She’s too beautiful too smart too funny. This can’t be it. We want to bring her home to Victorville and have her funeral for all her family and friends who treasured her,” stated Chiane on the Gofundme.
Donations can be made via the following link: My baby sister passed away at just 18
Sheriff’s officials said the investigation is ongoing and anyone with information regarding the collision is urged to contact Deputy Wilson from the Big Bear Sheriff’s Station at (909) 866-0100. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to contact the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME or www.wetip.com.
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