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Hit-and-Run Driver Dies in Barstow Crash

Hit-and-Run Driver Dies in Barstow Crash

BARSTOW – A 22-year-old Barstow man lost his life in a traffic collision on Saturday officials said.

At around 11:19 p.m. dispatchers received the report that a vehicle hit a parked car at the Eagles Lodge, located in the 500 block of East Main Street. After hitting the vehicle, the driver of the vehicle described by the caller as a red Trans Am fled westbound on Main Street. While fleeing, the vehicle struck a second vehicle in the 300 block of East Main Street. The caller told authorities that the driver was still in the vehicle.

Officers arrived at the scene to find the suspect vehicle, a red Chevrolet Camaro, collided with the cement Route 66 monument located in the 300 block of East Main Street. Upon further inspection, officers learned that the driver, Jorge Santander, who was not wearing a seatbelt was trapped inside the vehicle with his legs pinned under the steering wheel. “Barstow Fire Protection District firefighters and paramedics arrived on scene and used the “Jaws of Life” to cut open the driver’s door and free the driver,” Barstow Police officials said in a written statement.  “Paramedics treated the driver for his injuries and transported him to Barstow Community Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased.”

The cause of the collisions remains under investigation.  The family of Jorge Santander have started a Go Fund Me Account,   seeking the public’s help for his burial. “I can’t express the loss that my family and I have gone through this past weekend,” said Celina Alcala on the Go Fund Me account. “No parent should have to bury their son before their time. My brother was an amazing person, friend, brother, and son”

Anyone with additional information regarding this incident may contact Officer Ruben Escalante at the Barstow Police Department (760) 256-2211. Those wishing to remain anonymous may also report criminal activity by calling the WE-Tip hotline at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463) or may leave information on the We-Tip website atwww.wetip.com.

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