*UPDATE: May 14, 2014 12:50 p.pm
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 Joshua Smith was driving his 2003 Ford, ¾ Ton van eastbound on Main St., when for reasons still under investigation, Smith’s vehicle left the roadway colliding with vehicle #2 a 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.
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.
*UPDATE: May 13, 2014 1:50 p.m.
At approximately 1:30 p.m., emergency and heavy equipment tow truck personnel were able to remove the van from atop the Honda. Once removed, a third victim, a 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.
ORIGIONAL PRESS RELEASE: May 11, 2014 6:55 a.m.
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
Phone No: (760) 947-1500
Case No. 191403495