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Victorville man killed in morning crash
Car jumps across drainage wash
HESPERIA • A 24-year-old passenger was killed early Thursday morning after a car crashed through a guardrail, jumped over a wash and overturned onto railroad tracks, according to San Bernardino County Sheriff's officials.
Sheriff’s Hesperia deputies and San Bernardino County Fire Department rescue personnel responded to a call of a single-vehicle collision at the Hesperia Road and Chestnut Street intersection at 1:56 a.m.
A 2009 Honda Civic, driven by 25-year-old Tony Martinez Jr. of Apple Valley, was traveling eastbound on Chestnut Street, approaching the T-junction at a high rate of speed, Sheriff’s spokeswoman Cindy Bachman said.
Martinez didn’t stop at the stop sign, drove across Hesperia Road and crashed through the guardrail, Bachman said.
The car then jumped over a wash and hit the embankment on the other side, Sheriff’s Sgt. Doug Hubbard said. It came to rest after flipping over onto the railroad tracks above the embankment.
Hubbard said Martinez was probably driving in excess of 50 miles per hour but didn’t know the exact speed.
“A common sense would indicate that you would have to be driving at a significant rate of speed to travel that distance,” Hubbard said.
The passenger, Joevanni Vega of Hesperia, was ejected from the vehicle during the crash and died at the scene, Bachman said.
Martinez was found seat-belted in the car, but suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to Antelope Valley Hospital. He suffered head injuries and lacerations but was in stable condition at the hospital, Hubbard said.
The Sheriff’s Major Accident Investigation Team responded to conduct the investigation, while BNSF authorities stopped railroad traffic on all tracks at the scene. Northbound Hesperia Road near the scene was closed during the investigation, but was reopened at 5:45 a.m., Bachman said.
No other vehicle was involved in the crash, Bachman said.
Alcohol is believed to be a factor, but the exact cause of the collision is still under investigation, according to a Sheriff’s release.
Anyone with information regarding the collision is asked to contact Deputy Charles Foster at (760) 947-1500.
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