Robert "Cowboy" Jones was driving from the Victorville Daily Press to Hesperia to deliver copies of the Hesperia Star to boxes around the city in his last moments of life.

On Tuesday, August 11, around noon, Jones was driving north on the 11700 block of Amargosa Road, when he pulled his Kia into the parking lot of the Sonic Drive-In, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department.

Sonic manager-in-training Lindsy McKinley was one of the first on the scene, and was on the phone with the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department dispatch while she waited for help to arrive.

"He pulled over to the sides and honked the horn a few times," McKinley said.

San Bernardino County Fire Department paramedics took Jones to Desert Valley Hospital and was he declared dead there. The county coroner has not yet determined a cause of death.

Jones, 66, who was rarely seen without a cowboy hat (black or straw) and boots, was a Hesperia resident and was an independent contractor for the Daily Press, delivering papers since at least the mid-1990s. He was a navy veteran and will likely have his remains interred at Riverside National Cemetery.

"I wanted to cry, and had to cry later," said McKinley.

Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com.