Driver Was Under Influence in Crash That Killed Family of 5 on Way to Disneyland: Sheriff’s Dept.

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Five people were killed when a van collided with a Honda sedan at an intersection in Hesperia on May 11, 2014, authorities said. (Credit: KTLA)

The driver of a van that overturned onto a Hesperia family’s car on Mother’s Day was allegedly under the influence of prescription medications at the time of the collision, authorities said on Monday.

A mother, father and their three children were stopped at a stop sign at Main Street and Balsam Avenue in Hesperia on the morning of May 11 when the van crashed into their car and rolled on top of it, killing everyone inside, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department.

They were on their way to Disneyland to celebrate one of the children’s birthday when the collision occurred.

The victims were identified as Gerardo Jimenez, 30; Angelica Garcia-Garcia, 25; Freddy Garcia-Garcia, 9; Cindy Jimenez Garcia, 3, and Ivan Jimenez-Garcia, 2.

The driver of the van, identified as 30-year-old Joshua Smith, had “identifiable quantities of narcotics in his system at the time of the collision,” blood tests result showed, according to a release from the department on Monday. They were believed to be prescription medications.

Investigators believed that Smith lost consciousness prior to the collision as a result of the medications, causing the crash, the release stated.

The San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office was reviewing the department’s findings, and will determine whether charges will be filed against Smith, according to the release.

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