NEWBERRY SPRINGS, Ca. – A man was arrested for driving under the influence after causing a traffic collision that killed a woman, and injured three.
On Sunday, December 20, 2020, at around 10:37 p.m.. the California Highway Patrol responded to a major injury traffic collision on the southbound north of Harvard Road in unincorporated San Bernardino County. Through investigation, it was determined that a 26-year-old San Bernardino man was driving 2015 Honda Civic with his 29-year-old passenger in the #1 lane at a high rate of speed. Ahead of him was a 2002 Chevrolet Tahoe, which was being driven around 65 miles per hour by a 42-year-old Barstow man and his 36-year-old female passenger, also from Barstow.
For reasons still unknown, the driver of the Honda collided into the back of the Chevrolet Tahoe. The Tahoe veered left and overturned into the dirt center divider where it landed on its roof. The Honda veered to the right and stopped on the shoulder of the 15 freeway and became fully engulfed in flames. The CHP and emergency medical personnel arrived at the scene and determined that a 36-year-old female passenger in the Chevrolet had died as a result of the collision. The driver of the Chevrolet and all of the occupants in the Honda sustained only minor injuries.
The California Highway Patrol Officer made contact with the driver of the Honda, who appeared to be intoxicated. The driver was evaluated and was subsequently arrested for DUI causing injury. He was booked into the High Desert Detention Center. Authorities believe that alcohol was a contributing factor to the collision. The collision remains under investigation by the Barstow area CHP. Anyone with information should contact the CHP at 760-255-5900.
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