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Man Who Lost his Life As a Result of DUI Traffic Collision ID’d by Authorities

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VICTORVILLE – The man who lost his life as a result of the collision on Palmdale Road near Emerald Road on Friday night has been identified as 47-year-old Raymond Christopher Ashe of Victorville.  

At around 10:11 p.m. on Friday, December 17, 2016, Ashe was the passenger of the of a black Toyota Echo that was hit from behind by a black Toyota Highlander SUV, driven by DUI driver, Florencio Arellanes Bernal of Adelanto.  

The Echo, according to authorities, was driving eastbound on Palmdale Road occupied by two when it slowed down to make a left turn on Emerald Road. The Highlander following behind did not slow down and slammed into the back the Toyota causing major injuries to the driver and taking the life of Ashe. The driver of the Echo was airlifted to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center for the treatment of injuries.

The SUV rolled over several times and came to a rest in the eastbound lane of Palmdale Road, authorities said. The father of Ashe said on a Facebook post that his son had just left Walmart, where he purchased toys for needy children. “Chris was the type of person that would give his shirt off of  his back to someone in need,” said his father, who he was named after.

Bernal was arrested for Gross Vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, Driving Under the Influence Causing Great Bodily Injury or Death, Driving Under the Influence Causing Great Bodily Injury or Death with BAC .08% or over and Driving Under the Influence of Combination of Drugs and Alcohol Causing Great Bodily Injury or Death. Arellanes Bernal according to arrest records was released on bail on Sunday, December 18, 2016, at around 11:50 p.m and has not court date scheduled at this time.

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  • Jared

    Hello, I am Jared Ashe it was my brother and me that were in this accident. My niece is trying to do a go fund me for his funeral. Long story short the person that hit us isn’t here legally and had an expired insurance card the last we heard.

    Here is her go fund me page. https://www.gofundme.com/a74bb4

    Anything over the fund will go to helping out needy families, which is what we were driving home from. My brother had save a few dollars to get toys for people who were more poor then we are. He was so excited about the things we picked up from the store. Had he lived those toys that were also destroyed would have been taken to something called the, “The Baker Run.” It was to give very poor families some fun, food, and entertainment for Christmas.

    • I am so sorry about your loss. I am going to see about doing an update article to help you raise some funds.