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Coroner Press Releases

  1. Coroner case #701601307
    On Thursday, February 11, 2016, at 7:27 PM, a single-vehicle, rollover traffic accident was reported near the intersection of Yucca Trail and La Contenta Rd. in Yucca Valley. A red 2005 Pontiac Sunfire traveling eastbound along Yucca Trail struck the soft sand shoulder, and rolled over multiple times. The driver, Eric Julian Lee, a 24 year old resident of Joshua Tree, was pronounced dead at the scene. A passenger was transported to a local hospital for treatment. The accident is under investigation by San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department Major Accident Investigation Team. [02122016 0145 VN] 


  2. Coroner Case #701601254
    Coroner Case #On Wednesday, February 10, 2016, at 9:10 am, Salomon Morales, a 25 year old male, resident of Colton, was riding a 2015 Yamaha in the number one lane of northbound I-15 north of Cantu-Galleano Rancho Road in Jurupa Valley at an unknown speed. For an unknown reason, he collided with the rear of a Ford truck. He was ejected from the Yamaha and came to rest in the center divider. He was transported to Kaiser Ontario where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at 9:52 am. [02122016 0635 SC]  


  3. Coroner case # 701601244 / 701601245
    On 02/10/2016, at 4:08 AM, the California Highway patrol received a wireless 911 call reporting a vehicle blocking the slow lane of the northbound side of Interstate 15 at East Baker Blvd in Baker, CA. Emergency medical personnel responded to the scene to find Jay Johnson, a 41 year old resident of Paramount, and Terri Coney, a 46 year old resident of Las Vegas, dead at the scene. Witnesses reported that the 2015 Jeep Patriot was parked in the number two lane with its emergency flashers on. The Jeep was hit from the rear by a semi-tractor/trailer. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the incident. [021116 0130 TC] 


  4. Coroner case # 701601275 / 701601278
    On Wednesday evening, February 10, 2016, at 6:39 PM, husband and wife, Fortunato Ruiz Diaz and Norberta Palacio, both 78 year old residents of Yucaipa, were walking across California Street, in the 12600 block, of Yucaipa. They were going to church when they were struck by a southbound automobile. They were transported by ambulance to Loma Linda University Medical Center, where they were both pronounced dead from their injuries. The collision is under investigation by San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department Major Accident Investigation Team. [02112016 1330 VN] 


  5. Coroner case# 701601177
    On 02/08/2016, at 12:38 AM, a Hispanic male, 30-40 years of age was struck by multiple vehicles on westbound State Route 60 east of Central Avenue in Chino. Emergency personnel responded and pronounced him dead at the scene. When his identity has been determined and next of kin notified, his name will be released. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the incident. [02082016 0540 EM] 


  6. Coroner Case 701601140
    On 02/06/2016 at 5:10 pm the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Communication Division received a 911 call reporting a hiker had fallen and was injured. Dong Xing Liu (Tony Liu), a 47 year old resident of Temple City, was hiking with his wife when they both slipped and fell down the mountainside. They were hiking in the Icehouse Saddle area of Mt. Baldy. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Aviation Division responded to the area and was able to locate (aerial visual) the couple at 5:34 pm. The air medic personnel were not able to reach the couple until 8:12 pm. Liu was pronounced dead at 8:12 pm. The wife was transported to a local hospital. The incident is being investigated by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department.  [02072016 1000 SC] 


  7. Coroner case 701601144
    On Sunday, February 7, 2016, at 12:55 am, San Bernardino Police Department officers responded to a call for shots fired in the 1700 block of W. 19th Street, in San Bernardino. Gustavo Zarate, a 20 year old resident of San Bernardino, was transported to an area hospital with trauma to the upper body. Zarate died of his injuries at 1:49 am. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death. The San Bernardino Police Department Homicide Detail is investigating the incident.  [02072016 1005 SC] 


  8. Coroner Case 701601159
    On Sunday, February 07, 2016, at 11:06 AM, William Crocket, an 80 year old resident of Los Angeles, was driving a 2006 Mitsubishi northbound on the Interstate 15, north of Afton Canyon Road in Baker when his vehicle left the roadway and overturned. Emergency personnel responded and pronounced him dead at the scene. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the incident. [02072016 1930 EM] 


  9. Coroner Case #701601123

    NAME RELEASED on 2-8-16 at 7:50 PM: David Gonzales Franco, age: 57.

    On Saturday, February 06, 2016, at approximately 9:30 am, the San Bernardino Fire and Police Department received a 911 call of a man down at Meadowbrook Park in the 100 block W. 2nd Street. When emergency personnel arrived on scene they found a Hispanic or White male adult between 45-55 years of age, in the water of “Warm Creek.” The male was recovered from the water by members of the San Bernardino Fire Department and was found to be dead. It was unknown how long the male had been at the location and his identity is unknown at this time. The male was found to be wearing a white shirt, plaid underwear, and white socks. Other clothing found in the area that may be related to the male was a pair of black jeans and a pair of black “Vans” shoes. At some point the male may have been wearing a brown jacket with a logo above the left breast. The logo was the name of a company, “Sanders & Wohrman Corporation.” The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department-Coroner Division is asking for the public’s assistance in trying to identify the male and locate his next of kin. Anyone with information is asked to call 909-387-2978. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death. [02062016 1420 EM]

     


  10. Coroner case # 701601029
    On 02/02/2016, at approximately 10:45 PM, Germaine Whitney Burley, a 38 year old male, a resident of Victorville, was walking in the westbound lanes of State Route 18 west of Willow Wells Avenue in Lucerne Valley and was struck by a vehicle. Paramedics responded to the scene and pronounced him dead at the scene. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death. The San Bernardino County SHeriff's Department is investigating the incident. [02042016 1000 EM]

     


  11. Coroner Case 701601021
    On 02/02/2016 at 7:41 am the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Communication Division received a 911 call from a hiker who reported his friend missing. Daniel Nguyen had slipped and fallen down the mountainside while hiking. They were hiking in the Devil’s Backbone area of Mt. Baldy. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Aviation Division responded to the area and was able to located Nguyen at 9:05 am. He was found approximately 1500 feet down the mountainside. Nguyen was pronounced dead on scene at 5:16 pm. The incident is being investigated by the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department. [02032016 0530 JK] 


  12. Coroner case 701600998
    On Monday, February 1, 2016, at 11:09 pm, California Highway Patrol officers responded to a 911 call for a single vehicle roll over on State Highway 2 and Lone Pine Canyon Rd. in Wrightwood. Officers arrived on scene and found four occupants in the vehicle. Paramedics confirmed one person dead at the scene at 11:11 pm. The driver of the vehicle and two other passengers were flown by air ambulance to an area hospital. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the incident. [02032016 0530 JK]  UPDATE:  Name released.  Carlos Garcia, a 24year-old resident of El Monte. [02032016 1005 SC] 


  13. Coroner Case #701601029
    On 02/02/2016, at approximately 10:45 PM, an unidentified male was walking on the westbound lanes of State Route 18  near High Rd. in Lucerne Valley and was struck by an oncoming vehicle. Paramedics responded to the scene and pronounced the male dead due to injuries he sustained. His name will be released once identification and notification to his family is complete.  [02032016 0530 JK] 


  14. Coroner case 701600926
    On Saturday, January 30, 2016, at 8:30 pm, California Highway Patrol officers responded to a 911 call for an off road vehicle roll over. Officers arrived on scene and found Grace Isabel Trypucko, a 40 year old resident of Pinon Hills, with trauma to the head. Trypucko was a passenger. Paramedics confirmed Trypucko dead at the scene at 9:07 pm. The driver of the vehicle was flown by air ambulance to an area hospital. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the incident. [013116 0040 TC] 


  15. Coroner Case #701600898
    The San Bernardino Police Department received a 911 call of shots fired in the 1600 block of N. E St., on 01/29/2016, at 7:48 PM. When officers arrived they found Miteshkumar Patel, a 36 year old resident of San Bernardino.  Paramedics responded and pronounced him dead at the scene. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.  The San Bernardino Police Department Homicide Unit is investigating. 


  16. Coroner case #701600894
    On Friday, January 29, 2016, at 7:26 pm, Jay Edward Serles, a 62 year old resident of San Bernardino, was driving a Toyota Camry and as he turned onto Baseline Road from Genevieve Street in San Bernardino, he was struck by a westbound Chrysler 300.  Paramedics responded and transported him Loma Linda University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 8:53 pm. The San Bernardino Police Department is investigating the collision. 


  17. Coroner case 701600900

    On Friday, January 29, 2016, at 8:09 pm, Felix Rivera, a 63 year old resident of Apple Valley, was struck (as a pedestrian) by several vehicles while crossing the roadway in the area of Rancherias Road and State Hwy 18, in Apple Valley. Paramedics responded and pronounced him dead at the scene. The San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department is investigating the incident.

     


  18. Coroner Case #701600872

    On 01/29/2016, at 3:05 AM, an unidentified female was struck by a vehicle while crossing eastbound Interstate 10 at Warm Creek Bridge in Colton. Paramedics responded and confirmed her death at the scene. When her identity has been verified and next of kin notified, her name will be released. The California Highway Patrol is investigating.  Name released on 1-29-16 at 1422 hours:  Marshaye Antoinette Black, age: 26, from Montclair.

     


  19. Coroner case #701600446
    On 01/15/2016 at approximately 1:10 P.M. the remains of a female subject were uncovered in a clandestine grave in the 8200 block of Reseda Ave. in Fontana. At 8:29 P.M. identification of the remains were confirmed to be that of Alejandra Carrion Gutierrez.  




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