VICTORVILLE, Ca. – The man killed in the deputy-involved traffic collision was identified by the San Bernardino County Coroner’s office on Monday.
On Sunday, April 11, 2021, at around 9:30 p.m., Lavelle Hayes, 23, of Victorville, was driving in the area of Amargosa Road and Tawney Ridge when the patrol car slammed into his vehicle. The patrol vehicle was driving northbound on Amargosa Road and although the news release did not state Hayes’ route of travel, the Coroner’s report says he was driving west on Tawney Ridge Lane.
Witnesses at the scene said the patrol vehicle did not have lights and sirens on at the time of the crash. Authorities said that the patrol vehicle was heading to the scene of another fatal collision on Innovation Way and Phantom West, a vehicle versus golf cart. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department released information on Monday, April 12, 2021 stating only that the collision remains under investigation, not stating if lights and sirens (or either) were on or not.
The cause of the collision remains under investigation. Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact Deputy D. Caudle at (760) 947-1500 or Sheriff’s Dispatch at (760) 956-5001. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to call the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463) or you may leave information on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com.
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