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Two die following Hesperia collision

HESPERIA • Two of three High Desert residents who were seriously injured in a multi-vehicle crash in Hesperia have died, turning what was a major-injury collision into a fatal collision, officials said Friday.

On the afternoon of Dec. 17, Michael Master, 50, was driving west on Rocksprings Road at a high speed and lost control of his vehicle when he failed to slow for the intersection with Main Street. His vehicle then collided with two vehicles heading east on Main Street, according to a San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department press release.

Following the crash, Hesperia deputies extricated Master, his passenger, Michelle Crespo, 46, and the occupants of a second vehicle. The driver of the third vehicle was not injured.

Crespo and an adult female from the second vehicle were both airlifted to the intensive care unit of a valley area hospital. Master sustained head injuries during the crash and was transported to a local area hospital by ground ambulance, according to the release

On Dec. 20, Crespo died in surgery related to her injuries, and Master died two days later as a result of his head injuries, according to Sgt. Doug Hubbard.

The Hesperia Station Major Accident Investigation Team is continuing to investigate the cause of the now-fatal collision. Deputies believe that alcohol may have been a factor in the collision, according to previous reports.

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