****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.
****UPDATE May 14,
2014 12:50 p.m. ****
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.
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.
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.
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
with information or anyone who may have witnessed the collision is asked to contact
the Hesperia Station.
Refer: Sergeant Doug Hubbard
No: (760) 947-1500