VICTORVILLE – The man who was electrocuted while allegedly attempting to steal copper wire last month died as a result of his injuries and authorities are seeking his next of kin.
At around 1;00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 11, 2016, the power went out in the area near the old Walmart location on Bear Valley Road and Balsam Avenue. A Southern California Edison employee responded to the scene at 2:40 a.m. where a transformer reportedly went out at 15272 Bear Valley Road in the City of Victorville. When he arrived at the location he found 33-year-old Eric Hester, a Victorville transient near the transformer suffering from burns covering over half of his body.
Evidence revealed that Hester broke into the transformer case in an attempt to steal the wiring by cutting it free. While cutting Hester received an electrical shock. He was transported to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center where he died as a result of his injuries on Friday, October 14, 2016. The San Bernardino County Coroner’s officials said that Hester was a black man, 5’10”, 240 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department-Coroner Division is looking for Hester’s family/next of kin. Anyone with information about who Hester’s family/next of kin please call 909-387-2978.
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