VICTORVILLE – The 30-year-old driver of a crash that left one deceased and four badly injured was arrested at his home on Thursday after fleeing the scene officials said.
At around 7:00 p.m., driver Brandon Blakely, of Victorville, was driving a burgundy mercury mariner north on CA-395. He attempted to pass a semi-tractor trailer by driving along the dirt shoulder near CA-395 and Eucalyptus. While doing so, the Mercury lost control and overturned multiple times, expelling two of the occupants from the vehicle. Deputies from the Victorville Station and emergency medical personnel rushed to the scene to find the badly damaged vehicle, the two ejected subjects and three others who all sustained moderate to major injuries.
One of the two ejected was pronounced dead at the scene and the other four occupants were transported to Loma Linda University Medical Center for treatment of their injuries. Blakely was not at the scene when deputies arrived and was later located at his home. He was taken into custody for vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, hit and run resulting in death and/or injury, and reckless driving. He is being held in lieu of $100000 bail and is scheduled to appear at the Victorville Superior Court on Tuesday afternoon.
The Major Accident Investigation Team- M.A.I.T. responded to the scene to conduct an investigation. The road was closed on CA-395 from Bear Valley Road to Main Street and was reopened at 4:40 a.m.
Anyone with information or anyone who may have witnessed the collision is urged to contact Deputy Adam Hylin, Deputy Chris Dekeyrel or Deputy Amir Awad from the Victorville Station.
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