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Pedestrian airlifted after car crashes into Adelanto gas station

ADELANTO, Calif. ( — A 57-year-old Adelanto man sitting outside of a gas station was airlifted to a trauma center after he was struck by a vehicle that crashed through the front doors, officials said.

On Monday, July 9, 2018, at 9:30 am, deputies from the Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station responded to the report of a traffic collision with injuries in the 11500 block of Bartlett Avenue in Adelanto.

According to the 911 call, a vehicle crashed into the front doors of the Chevron Gas Station.

Sheriff’s officials said the driver of the vehicle, Harvey Fenstermaker, 61, of Adelanto, is a double amputee.

Through the investigation it was determined Fenstermaker accidentally pressed on the gas instead of the brake, causing the vehicle to crash into a pedestrian who was sitting in front of the store and continuing through the front doors of the business. “He was using his left leg, where he is missing his foot, to power the vehicle,” stated a sheriff’s news release.

The pedestrian, Jeffrey Irvin, was airlifted to the hospital with serious injuries. Fenstermaker, who was driving without a license and insurance, was transported by ambulance to a local hospital.

(Hugo C. Valdez, Victor Valley News)

According to the release, no citations were issued at the scene and the cost of the damage to the business was not known at the time of the release.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is urged to contact Deputy Hahalkin at Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station, (760) 552-6800. Persons wishing to remain anonymous can report information to WeTip by calling 1-800-78-CRIME, or by accessing the website at

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