Big-Rig Driver Arrested After Fatal Hit-and-Run Near Fontana

Hours after a multi-vehicle collision in San Bernardino County left one person dead and two others injured, authorities on Thursday arrested the driver of a big-rig truck in connection with the incident, officials said.

The man, whose name was not released, was taken into custody after being interviewed by investigators at his home, according to Officer Steve Carapia, spokesman for the California Highway Patrol’s Inland Division. No charges were immediately announced.

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An SUV was towed from the scene of a hit-and-run crash in San Bernardino County on Thursday, Jan. 30, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

The CHP about 2:11 a.m. received a report of a crash involving a big rig at Etiwanda Avenue and San Bernardino Avenue (map), according to Sgt. Eric Lee. The intersection is bordered by Fontana to the east and Rancho Cucamonga to the West.

When officers arrived at the scene, they discovered that one person involved in the incident had died.

The big rig was traveling northbound on Etiwanda Avenue when the driver apparently ran a red light and collided with two vehicles that were westbound on San Bernardino Avenue, Lee said. Another vehicle had been run off the road by the truck before crash.

“The big-rig driver continued going northbound, fled the scene” and abandoned his vehicle at Napa Street, about half a mile away, he said. The driver then “ran out into the field.”

San Bernardino County sheriff’s deputies, CHP and Rancho Cucamonga police officers used dogs to conduct a search, which was later called off.


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