VICTORVILLE, Calif. (VVNG.com) –Fernando Pantoja Jr., 26, of Victorville, was arrested for gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated after a fatal crash that claimed the life of a mother of three.
The two-vehicle traffic collision happened at about 11:19 p.m., on Saturday, April 14, 2018, at the intersection of US Highway 395 and Seneca Road in Victorville.
“Upon arrival, deputies determined that a silver Honda passenger vehicle was driving east on Seneca Road and a blue Nissan passenger vehicle was driving north on US Highway 395,” officials said.
“The driver of the Honda (Pantoja) failed to stop at the posted stop sign at the intersection and broadsided the Nissan. Both vehicles came to rest in the dirt field east of the intersection,” stated the Sheriff’s news release.
The driver of the Nissan was pronounced deceased on scene.
The driver of the Honda, Fernando Pantoja Jr., required extrication from the vehicle as a result of the collision and was flown to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center with major injuries, officials said.
Friends and family have identified the driver of the Nissan as 42-year-old Frennetta “Netta” Sartor Miller, a resident of Adelanto.
Netta worked as a school bus driver in the Victor Valley for over 10 years with the Victor Elementary School District (First Student) in the Victor Valley. Many of the High Desert school bus drivers are coming together and wearing black ribbons/pins in honor of her memory.
The mother of three is described as an amazing mother, a loving person and always bearing a smile on her face.
Fernando Pantoja Jr., was arrested and booked at West Valley Detention Center for gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and cruelty to a child.
According to public arrest records, Pantoja is currently being held on $250,000 bail and is scheduled for arraignment in a Victorville courtroom on April 17, 2018.
Anyone with information or anyone who may have witnessed the collision is asked to the Victorville Police Department, (760) 241-2911.
Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com.
Mother of 3 killed in highway 395 crash Saturday night