VICTORVILLE, Ca. – A 39-year-old Victorville man was arrested 8 months after a collision that took the life of a 17-year-old Victorville girl.
On July 8, 2020, at around 7:10 p.m. detectives from the Victorville Police Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) responded to La Mesa Road and Cantina Drive for the report of a traffic collision. When they arrived they found a mangled 2019 Honda Civic and a 2016 Dodge Charger, which also sustained major damage. The driver of the Honda, later identified as Alexia Aguilar, was inside the vehicle unresponsive. She was transported to a trauma center where she died on July 9, 2020 as a result of her injuries.
Joshua Jeremiah Jefferson, the driver of the Dodge remained at the scene. Deputies suspected that Jefferson was under the influence of alcohol. Jefferson was required to get his blood drawn and it was sent for toxicology testing. The investigation revealed that Aguilar was driving south on Cantina Drive and stopped at the stop sign at the intersection of La Mesa Road. Jefferson was traveling west on La Mesa Road and struck Aguilar as she was entering the intersection. Jefferson was learned to be traveling at a high rate of speed at the time of the collision. In December 2019 to November 2020, Jefferson received four tickets, per San Bernardino County court records, all for speeding.
The report was sent to the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s office for review. The District Attorney’s officer filed felony vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence charges for Jefferson. An arrest warrant was issued leading to an arrest at Jefferson’s Victorville home in the 12900 block of Shearwater Road. He was booked into the High Desert Detention Center in the City of Adelanto.He is being held in lieu of $250,000 bail. If found guilty of Vehicular Manslaughter with Gross Negligence, Jefferson can be sentenced to up to six years in prison. If reduced to a misdemeanor, the maximum sentence is one year in jail.
Anyone with information about this investigation is asked to contact Deputy S. Lenihan or Deputy M. Lee at the Victorville Police Department at (760) 241-2911 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 the information on the We-Tip website at www.wetip.com.
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