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Missing teen with autisim struck and killed by vehicle on Air Expressway

ADELANTO, Calif. ( — A stretch of Air Expressway in Adelanto remains closed following a deadly crash that claimed the life of a critical missing teen with autism early Wednesday.

On May 1, 2018, Rudy Gonzalez, a 19-year old Autistic teen from Victorville, was reported missing by his family. Gonzalez was last seen by the family at approximately 1:00 p.m. near his home in the 15400 block of Ferndale Road. Another citizen reported seeing someone matching the description of Gonzalez at approximately 4:00 p.m. walking in the area. Deputies searched for Gonzalez throughout the afternoon and night, with assistance from Sheriff’s Aviation Division and K9 Unit.

At 3:49 a.m., on May 2, 2018, Sheriff’s Dispatch received a call from the driver of a vehicle, who reported he had hit something while traveling on Air Expressway near Adelanto Road and believed it may have been a person. Deputies responded to the scene and confirmed a pedestrian had been struck.

The pedestrian was confirmed to be Rudy Gonzalez.

Gonzalez succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased at a local hospital. The driver of the vehicle remained at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation. Adelanto Police Department’s Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) is handling the collision investigation.

Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact the Victorville Police Department at (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

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