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San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department

Press Release



DATE/TIME:               May 11, 2014 / 6:55 a.m.                                ****UPDATE – June 23, 2014*****

                       

INCIDENT:                 FATAL TRAFFIC COLLISION

 

LOCATION:                MAIN STREET AND BALSAM AVENUE, HESPERIA

 

INVOLVED PARTIES:         

 

PARTY#1

Joshua Smith 30, Hesperia 

 

PARTY #2

Gerardo Cruz Jimenez Jimenez, 30, Hesperia

Angelica Garcia Garcia, 25, Hesperia

Cindy Jimenez Garcia, 3, Hesperia

Ivan Jimenez Garcia, 2, Hesperia

Freddy Garcia, 9, Hesperia



Summary

****UPDATE June 23, 2014 11:00 a.m. ****

 

Hesperia Station MAIT Investigators continue to follow up on information from the May 11, 2014 traffic collision that resulted in the deaths of five Hesperia residents at the intersection of Main Street and Balsam Avenue. Laboratory results from blood samples obtained from party 1 (Joshua Smith) during the investigation show Smith had identifiable quantities of narcotics in his system at the time of the collision. The amount and substance detected is believed to be prescription medication related and as a result, investigators believe Smith lost consciousness just prior to leaving the roadway causing the collision. Investigators believe the cause of the collision is Smith’s operation of his vehicle while under the influence and a report has been submitted to the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office for review with those findings. The District Attorney’s office will determine if charges will be filed against Smith based on the investigation and toxicology reports obtained by investigators.

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****UPDATE May 14, 2014 12:50 p.m. ****

 

Investigators with the Hesperia Station Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) continue to investigate Sunday morning’s fatal traffic collision that occurred on Main St. at Balsam Ave.. At this time investigators have been able to establish that Party #1 (Joshua Smith) was driving his 2003 Ford, ¾ Ton van eastbound Main St. when for reasons still under investigation, Smith’s vehicle left the roadway colliding with party #2’s Honda, resulting in fatal injuries to all of the occupants of that vehicle. Investigators are currently conducting complex mechanical examinations on both vehicles to determine if there were any mechanical failures that may have contributed to the collision. Investigators are also awaiting toxicology results for both drivers and attempting to determine if any alcohol or drugs contributed to the cause of the collision. At this time, Investigators do not believe speed to have been a contributing factor in the collision, however investigators will attempt to obtain vehicle computer data if possible to help reconstruct vehicle conditions prior to and at the time of the collision.

 

CONTINUED:

 

At this time in the investigation, No criminal charges have been filed against Smith and he continues to cooperate with investigators. Investigators have not been able to rule out that Smith had suffered a medical emergency himself just before the collision, causing him to lose control of his vehicle.   

 

If during the course of the investigation evidence is recovered to indicate Smith was operating his vehicle negligently or under the influence, the case will immediately be brought before the District Attorney’s Office for review.  

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On Sunday, May 11, 2014 at about 6:55 a.m., Deputies from the Hesperia Station and rescue personnel from the San Bernardino County Fire Department responded to a traffic collision at Main Street and Balsam Avenue in the city of Hesperia. Upon arrival deputies found that two vehicles involved in the collision, a Honda sedan and a van.  Investigators determined that the van was  traveling east on Main Street, occupied by one male adult, when for an unknown reason travelled into the westbound lanes colliding with and ultimately coming to rest on top of the Honda that was stopped at the stop sign at Main Street and Balsam Avenue.   An adult male and juvenile male from the Honda were transported to local area hospitals were they were pronounced deceased.  An adult female and a juvenile female were pronounced deceased at the scene and trapped inside the Honda.  The male driver of the van received minor injuries and was treated at the scene. Once emergency and heavy equipment tow truck personnel were able to remove the van from atop the Honda, a third victim, male juvenile, was located deceased inside the vehicle.  Due to the extreme structural damage the victim was concealed and could not be accessed/seen by emergency personnel. 

 

 

Anyone with information or anyone who may have witnessed the collision is asked to contact the Hesperia Station.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Refer:  Sergeant Doug Hubbard

Station: Hesperia       

Phone No: (760) 947-1500

Case No. 191403495



John McMahon, Sheriff-Coroner

San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

Sheriff’s Public Affairs Division

655 E. Third Street

San Bernardino, California 92415-0061

Telephone: (909) 387-3700



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