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Coroner Press Releases

  1. Coroner case #701407897
     On 10/23/2014 at approximately 0750 hours, 11 year-old Upland resident Isaiah Shelton was a pedestrian crossing the street at Benson Ave. and Arrow Route, in Upland. Shelton was struck by a vehicle which fled the scene after the collision. Shelton was transported to San Antonio Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead. The Upland Police Department and the San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Division is investigating the death. [102414 0742 SY] 

  2. Coroner case #701407871
    On 10/22/14 at 5:18 AM, the California Highway Patrol began receiving calls of a head-on collision on Interstate 15 northbound just south of the Baseline Ave. exit in Rancho Cucamonga.  When officers arrived they found that a silver 2012 Toyota Prius  had been traveling southbound in the northbound lanes of traffic and struck a semi-tractor trailer that was traveling northbound in the lane closest to the shoulder.  The Prius suffered total damage as the result of the collision.  Paramedics from the Rancho Cucamonga Fire Department arrived shortly after receiving the call and pronounced the male 19 year-old Prius driver dead.  The name will be released following notification to next-of-kin. The Rancho Cucamonga Station of the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department, Major Accident Investigation Team is investigating the incident.  [102214 1412 SY] Name and corrected age released: Liam Niemeyer, an 18 year old resident of Lancaster [102214 1649 SY] 

  3. Coroner case # 701407865
    On October 18, 2014, at 6:45 A.M., San Bernardino County Sheriff Department Personnel responded to a report of a single vehicle traffic incident on Caliente Road at Joshua Street in Hesperia. Sheriff personnel found 45 year-old Hesperia resident Tamara Sigmund, the sole occupant of a 2002 Chevrolet, had been traveling northbound on Caliente Road when for unknown reasons the vehicle rolled over multiple times. Sigmund was transported to the Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. On 10/21/14 at 10:57 P.M. died of her injuries. The San Bernardino County Sheriff Department, Major Accident Investigation Team is investigating the incident. [102214 1404 SY]

  4. Coroner case #701407836
    On 10/21/2014 at 12: 05 AM, Upland Police Department officers responded to a 911 call in the area of N. 13th Avenue and E. San Bernardino Road for a traffic collision. Officers arrived on scene and located a Honda that had struck a tree at a high rate of speed. The right front passenger, 22 year-old Montclair resident Stephen Noel Ortiz, was pronounced dead at the scene. Three other occupants of the vehicle were transported to local hospitals for treatment of their injuries. The Upland Police department is investigating this incident.[102114 0830 SY] 

  5. Coroner case #701407816
    On 10/20/14 at 10:46 AM, 911 calls were received from Fawnskin area residents advising of a plane down near the Grout Bay campsite area on the north side of Big Bear Lake.  Deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department Big Bear Station and from the Aviation Division responded to the location.  Paramedics from the San Bernardino County Fire Department also responded to the area.  When they arrived at the crash site, the paramedics immediately pronounced death.  The plane was occupied by a pilot only and no other passengers The plane was described as a single engine "experimental" style aircraft.  It was believed that the pilot had just taken off from the Big Bear Airport when he experienced unknown problems causing the plane to go down.  Investigators from the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration along with deputies from the San Bernardino County Aviation Division are investigating the cause of the accident.  The pilot's name will be released when the positive identification has been completed.  An autopsy will be conducted to determine the exact cause of death. [102114 0823 SY] Name released: 60 year old Columbus, Ohio resident Walter Clare Lutton  [102314 1346 SY] 

  6. Coroner case #701407800
    On 10/19/2014, at 9:00 P.M., 22 year-old San Bernardino resident Rodolfo Ramirez was riding his motorcycle eastbound on G Street in Ontario when the motorcycle struck a 2010 Infiniti SUV north on Grove Avenue in the intersection.  Ramirez was pronounced dead at the scene.  The Ontario Police Department's Traffic Detail is investigating.  [102114 0753 SY] 

  7. Coroner case #701407793
    On Sunday, October 19, 2014, at about noon, Florentino Reyes, a 54 year old homeless man living in the area of S. Valley View Ave. (south of Mill St., east of Waterman Ave.) in San Bernardino, was found dead by friends.  Examinations will be conducted to attempt to determine his cause of death.  The incident is under investigation by the San Bernardino Police Department.  This department is seeking public assistance to locate Florentino’s family.  Anyone with information is requested to call the San Bernardino County Sheriff Department - Coroner Division (909-387-2978).  [102114 0739 SY] 

  8. Coroner case #701407747
    On 10/17/14, at 2:50 PM, a Ford Bronco with five occupants was involved in a single-vehicle rollover accident along Fuente Street, just north of Muscatel Street, in Hesperia.  A back seat passenger, Andrew Derrill Wilson, age 16 of Hesperia, was pronounced dead of his injuries at the scene.  The accident is under investigation by the San Bernardino County Sheriff Department, Major Accident Investigation Team.  [10/17/14 2215 VN] 

  9. Coroner case #701407758
    On 10/18/14, at about 9:45 AM, 24 year-old Beaumont resident Andrew Meza, was traveling westbound on Interstate 10 on a motorcycle. Upon approaching the 215 freeway, it appeared he lost control of the motorcycle and was ejected. Meza was pronounced dead from his injuries when the CHP and fire department personnel arrived. [101814 1340 TC] 

  10. Coroner case #701407708
    On 10-15-14 at 6:26 P.M. 18 year-old Wrightwood resident Allison Diane LaVogue died at Desert Valley Hospital in Victorville following a traffic collision. LaVogue was the driver of a 2001 Toyota Camry struck by a 2014 Dodge Ram 300 in the intersection of Nielson Road and Beekley Road in Phelan at about 4:57 P.M. The Victorville California Highway Patrol Office is investigating this incident. [101614 091414 SY] 

  11. Coroner case #701407695
    At about 10:20 AM on 10/15/14 a 1999 Toyota 4Runner was traveling west on State Route 210 east of 'E' St. in San Bernardino. For unknown reasons the vehicle veered to the right and then veered sharply to the left across the lanes of traffic.  The Toyota overturned multiple times before coming to rest on the highway.  63 year-old Loma Linda resident Elsye Ruth Polly was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.  The California Highway Patrol is investigating this incident. [1015214 1624 SY] 

  12. Coroner Case #701407258
    On 09/29/14 at about 5:36 AM, dispatchers from the California Highway Patrol (CHP) began receiving 911 calls regarding a pedestrian struck by a vehicle on the Interstate 215 southbound south of the Rialto Avenue undercrossing in San Bernardino. When officers arrived, they found that a Hispanic male, 60 years-old, down on the freeway. Paramedics from American Medical Response (AMR) arrived and transported him to Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC) where he was pronounced dead at 6:20 AM. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the circumstances of the collision. The name will be released when the next-of-kin has been located and notified. Name released and request for public assistance: The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Coroner Division requests assistance in locating family for 60 year-old Manuel Ramirez-Ramirez. Mr. Ramirez was last known to haven been a transient. [100714 1206 SY] 

  13. Coroner Cases #701407267 and #701407273
    On 9-29-14 at 10:01 AM, Walter Kovacs, a 77 year old resident of Lake Arrowhead, was driving a 2002 Subaru Forester southbound on Highway 18 and collided head-on with a northbound Honda CRV driven by Anna Trucks-Fivgas, a 22 year old resident of Running Springs. Kovacs was pronounced dead at the scene at 1007 hours by paramedics. Trucks-Fivgas was transported to St. Bernardine Medical Center where she was pronounced dead at 1051 hours. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the collision. 

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