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Hesperia police identify man killed in rollover crash; family raising money

HESPERIA, Calif. ( — Sheriff’s officials identified the driver killed in a rollover crash over the weekend as 54-year-old Alvaro Ovalle, a resident of Hesperia.

On September 29, 2019, at approximately 9:18 pm deputies from the Hesperia Police Department, along with rescue personnel from the San Bernardino County Fire Department, responded to the area of I Avenue and Buckthorn Avenue in reference to a traffic collision.

Deputies arrived on scene and found a single overturned black Toyota 4-Runner blocking the southbound lane of I Avenue north of Buckthorn Avenue, officials said.

According to a sheriff’s news release, “the driver of the Toyota, Alvaro Ovalle, was ejected from the vehicle and found unresponsive in the roadway.”

Ovalle was transported from the scene to Desert Valley Medical Center. Despite life-saving measures, Ovalle succumbed to his injuries. 

(Gabriel D. Espinoza, Victor Valley News Group)

“Preliminary findings during the investigation revealed Ovalle was driving southbound on I Avenue when his vehicle left the roadway, collided with a dirt berm and caused it to overturn,” stated the release.

Alvaro is survived by his wife Rosa Ovalle for almost 21 years and made a living as an auto mechanic. The couple had no children together.

“My mom, dad, my son, and I were at the house before he left. He said he was going to run an errand and be right back,” stated Alvaro’s niece Joan Morgan. “It is still so surreal that mere hours later he was gone.”

Joan said Alvaro was the “cool” uncle and everyone always wanted to hang out with him because he was the life of the party. “He always had our backs when our parents would get mad at us. I can still hear his laughter.”

Family member, Joan Morgan, launched a Gofundme campaign to help with her uncle’s funeral expenses. Donations can be made via the following link: Alvaro Ovalle

“He was the joy of our family and his boisterous laughter could fill a room. He was very well known by many in this community and he will be very missed. If anyone could please donate in this unexpected time we would appreciate it. Thank you all so much and don’t forget to hug your loved ones, stated Joan.

The collision remains under investigation and any witnesses are asked to contact Deputy S. LaFond or Deputy T. Lamson from the Hesperia Station. “At this time, alcohol or drugs do not appear to be a factor in the collision,” officials said.

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