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Man killed in rollover crash on I-15 freeway near Baker identified

BAKER, Calif. ( — The San Bernardino County Coroner’s Office identified a man killed in a rollover crash on the I-15 freeway near Baker, CA.

It happened on Saturday, March 26, 2022, at about 3:08 am, on the northbound I-15 near Halloran Springs Road in the unincorporated area of San Bernardino County.

According to the California Highway Patrol news release, it was determined a 31-year-old male from Victorville was driving a 2019 Dodge Charger at a high rate of speed in the no.1 lane and collided with the back of a 2005 Chevrolet Tahoe.

The impact caused the Chevy to overturn and travel across the center median along the I-15 freeway. The Dodge also traveled over the median and came to rest on its wheels, officials said.

Emergency personnel responded to the crash and the driver of the Chevrolet was pronounced deceased at the scene. He was identified as Raul Negrete Gontes, a 39-year-old resident of Compton.

CHP officials said the 31-year-old driver of the Dodge exhibited signs of alcohol impairment and was arrested for 23153(a) VC -DUI Alcohol causing injury.

Alcohol is suspected to be a contributing factor in this collision. The CHP Barstow Area is handling the investigation and anyone with information is asked to call 760-225-5900.

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Original article updated on 3/28 at 10:30 am

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