Three Apple Valley Residents Killed in Sunday Afternoon Crash

Three Apple Valley Residents Killed in Sunday Afternoon Crash

APPLE VALLEY – All parties involved in a Sunday afternoon traffic collision on Sunday are deceased.

At around 12:40 p.m., dispatchers received a call, where they heard a female screaming,”Oh my God I can’t get him out”.  Multiple reports followed, all reporting a two vehicle collision on Bear Valley Road at Deep Creek Road. Apple Valley Station deputies and emergency medical personnel responded to the traffic collision. When they arrived the found a beige 2002 Chevrolet Suburban with front-end damage and a silver 2013 Honda Civic with major damage to the driver’s side.

Through investigation, it was learned that Carmine Combs, 57, of Apple Valley was driving the Chevy east on Bear Valley Road and ran the red light. Two Apple Valley residents, a 63-year-old male, and a 77-year-old female were driving the Honda north on Deep Creek Road south of Bear Valley Road. They made a left turn from Deep Creek Road to go west onto Bear Valley Road and were t-boned by the Chevy.

Carmine Combs was airlifted to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center for treatment but died as a result of his injuries. The driver and passenger of the Honda were pronounced dead at the scene. The name of the Honda occupants are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.  It is unknown if there are any contributing factors to the collision, such as distracted driving, medical conditions, and or alcohol/drug impairment.

The Apple Valley Sheriff’s Station – Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) responded to the scene to conduct the investigation. Bear Valley Road from Apple Valley Road to Mockingbird Road was closed for approximately eight (8) hours while the collision scene was investigated. Bear Valley Road has since been reopened to the public.

Anyone with information regarding this collision is urged to contact Sheriff’s Service Specialist Zavala, Deputies Cashion or Woytovich at the Apple Valley Sheriff’s Station (760) 240-7400. Callers wishing to remain anonymous are urged to contact the We-Tip Hotline at 1-800-78CRIME (27463) or the We-Tip website at

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