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Coroner Press Releases

  1. Coroner case #701507536:
    On Thursday, 10/08/2015 at 10:25 AM, the Barstow Police Department responded to North 1st Street in Barstow at the 1st Street Bridge to investigate a head-on traffic collision. Thomas Cooper, a 72 year old resident of Barstow, was ejected from his motorcycle. He was transported to the Barstow Community Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 11:25 AM. The Barstow Police Department is investigating the incident. [100920151200 GB]

  2. Coroner Case #701507490
    On 10/5/2015 at 11:28 PM witnesses saw a Chevy Lumina traveling south on
    ‘E’ Street just north of 8th Street in San Bernardino, at a high rate of speed. The Lumina crossed the center divider, overturned and struck a tree. 911 was called, and Officers with San Bernardino Police Department and paramedics responded to the scene. The driver, Rachel D. Welch, a 41 year old resident of Arkansas was pronounced deadon scene by paramedics at 11:30 PM. San Bernardino Police Department is also investigating. [10062015 1100 JK]

  3. Coroner Case #701507421
    On Saturday, 10/03/2015 at 3:08 AM, the San Bernardino Police Department responded to East 3rd Street in San Bernardino, west of Sterling Avenue, for a head-on traffic collision. Upon arrival, officers found Gilbert Tarin, a 22 year old resident of Highland, trapped in his car. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the San Bernardino Fire Department personnel at 3:35 AM. The San Bernardino Police Department is investigating the incident. [10032015 1600 JK] 

  4. Coroner Case #701507409

    On 10/02/2015, at 7:15 PM, Mia Julianne Nicole Serrato, an 18 year old resident of Rialto, was the passenger in a black 1994 Honda Civic that was traveling west bound on Mill St. at I St., in San Bernardino. The driver of the Honda was making a left turn when the Honda was struck on the passenger side by a gray 2007 GMC truck that was traveling eastbound on Mill St. Serrato was transported to Loma Linda University Medical Center (LLUMC) where she later succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced dead on 10/02/2015, at 8:28 PM. The San Bernardino Police Department is investigating. [10032015 1600 JK]


  5. Coroner Case #701507385
    On 10/01/2015, at 9:10 PM, a Hispanic male was walking north bound across the 1800 Blk. of W. Rialto Ave., in San Bernardino and was struck by a blue 2000 Nissan that was traveling east bound on the 1800 Blk. of W. Rialto Ave. The Hispanic male was pronounced dead at the scene at 9:16 PM. The San Bernardino Police Department is investigating. [10032015 1600 JK] 

  6. Coroner Case #701507359
    On September 30, 2015, at 1:44 PM, California Highway Patrol officers responded to vehicle collision involving a vehicle and a tractor trailer in the area of eastbound Interstate -10 and California Ave, in Redlands. Ruben Macario Fraire, a 71 year old resident of Redlands was the driver of the vehicle struck by the tractor trailer. Fraire was transported by ambulance to an area hospital for treatment. On October 1, 2015, at 6:58 AM, Fraire was pronounced dead. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death. The California Highway Patrol is also investigating the incident. [10022015 1100 JK] 

  7. Coroner cases 701507121 & 701507122:
    On Monday, 09/21/2015 at 10:20 PM, California Highway Patrol officers responded to eastbound Interstate 10 between Mountain View and Euclid Ave. in Ontario for a single vehicle collision on the south side of the road. Upon arrival, two young (approximately 20 years old) Hispanic females were located in the 2013 white Scion FR-S. Both were confirmed dead at the scene by paramedics at 10:23 PM. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the incident. The names will be released after positive identification is made and families have been notified. [09222015 0800 GB] 

  8. Coroner case 701507096:
    On Monday, September 21, 2015, at 5:08 AM, police officers from the
    Chino Police Department were sent to Euclid Avenue north of Bickmore Avenue, in the City of Chino, to investigate the report of a pedestrian that was struck by a vehicle. Upon arrival, Chino Police Department personnel found that Raymond Sam Prudhomme III, age 48, a resident of Stockton, had been walking westbound on Euclid Avenue when he was struck by a vehicle traveling southbound on Euclid Avenue. During the incident, Prudhomme received upper body trauma, and he was pronounced dead at the scene by Chino Valley Fire District personnel at 5:19 AM. The Chino Police Department Major Accident Investigation Team is investigating the incident. [09212015 1215 GB]


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