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Coroner Press Releases

  1. 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] 


  2. 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] 


  3. 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] 


  4. 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] 


  5. 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] 


  6. 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] 


  7. 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] 


  8. 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] 


  9. Coroner case #701407633
    On 10/12/2014, at 9:40 P.M., 50 year-old Apple Valley resident Stanley Ruffin  was the driver and solo occupant of a 2003 Honda Accord traveling north on Interstate 215, south of the Devore Rd. exit, in San Bernardino when the left the roadway and overturned.  Ruffin was pronounced dead at the scene.  The California Highway Patrol is investigating this incident. [101414 0917 SY] 


  10. Coroner case #701407631
    On 10/12/2014 at 7:55PM a 57 year old transient male pedestrian was struck by a Ford Ranger pick-up truck as he walked eastbound at the edge of the street in the 3400 block of Little League Drive in San Bernardino.  He was pronounced dead at the scene. The name will be released when next of kin has been notified. San Bernardino Police Department is investigating this traffic collision. [101414 0907 SY] Update:  The Coroner Division requests public assistance in locating the family of Michael Dennis Barnett, 57 of San Bernardino. Anyone with information is urged to call (909) 387-2978. [101514 0836 SY] 


  11. Coroner case #701407623
    On October 12, 2014 at 1053 AM, 30 year old San Bernardino resident Araceli Urbano was the right front passenger in a vehicle that was struck by another vehicle at the intersection of 6th Street and D Street in San Bernardino.  Urbano was transported by ambulance to Loma Linda University Medical Center where she died from her injuries.  San Bernardino Police Department is investigating this incident. [10142014 0902 SY] 


  12. Coroner case #701407479
    On 10-6-14 at 6:15 PM, Owen McNichols, age:13, from Morongo, was walking in the crosswalk across Twentynine Palms Highway at Inca trail in Yucca Valley and was struck by a westbound 2005 Mitsubishi Eclipse. Paramedics transported him to Desert Regional Medical Center and was then airlifted to LLUMC where he was taken to the operating room and pronounced dead at 2220 hours. The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department is investigating the collision. [10072014 0008 EM] 


  13. 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] 


  14. 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. 


  15. Coroner Case #701407261
    On 09/29/14 at 7:11 AM, 911 calls were received indicating shots fired and a man down in the 700 block of N. Arrowhead Ave. in San Bernardino. When officers' arrived, they found Lamarco Quentez Graham, 21 year-old resident of San Bernardino, down in the courtyard area of an apartment complex with upper body trauma. Paramedics responded and transported him to Loma Linda University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 8:46 AM. An autopsy will be conducted later this week to determine the cause of death.  The San Bernardino Police Department - Homicide Detail is conducting the investigation. 




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