ADELANTO, Ca. – A Lucerne Valley man was arrested after attempting to flee the scene of a traffic collision.
On Thursday, February 18, 2021, at around 7:06 a.m. Victor Valley Station deputies responded to the area of US-395 and Air Expressway for the report of a major-injury traffic collision. When they arrived they found a badly damaged 2002 Dodge truck and a 2003 Toyota Corolla. Through investigation it was learned that Benjamin Mondragon, 31, was driving westbound on Air Expressway approaching US-395 in a 2002 Dodge truck. He failed to stop at the red light, causing his vehicle to collide with a 2003 Toyota Corolla that was traveling southbound on US-395.
The driver of the Toyota, a 35-year-old man, was pinned inside his vehicle. He was airlifted to the hospital with major injuries. Mondragon and three other men who were inside of his truck ran from the scene. All four were located. Mondragon was arrested for injury hit and run. He was booked at the High Desert Detention Center and is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail.
The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact Deputy Morales, at Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station 760-552-6800. Callers can remain anonymous and contact WeTip at 800-78CRIME or www.wetip.com.
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