Young Victorville veteran killed in I-15 crash
Collision triggers SigAlert during rush hour
OAK HILLS • A 23-year-old veteran from Victorville died early Friday morning in a crash that triggered a SigAlert on southbound Interstate 15 at Oak Hill Road, causing extreme delays for Cajon Pass commuters.
Jonathan Nail was driving south on the I-15 near Oak Hill Road in a Honda Civic when, for unknown reasons, he collided with the right rear side of a tractor-trailer at around 4:40 a.m., according to reports from the California Highway Patrol. Nail then overcorrected and veered left across all lanes, then cut back to the right and came to a stop in the middle of the No. 3 lane with his lights off.
A 2004 Ford Escape driven by a Victorville woman was unable to avoid the Honda and struck Nail’s car on the right side, the CHP reports. Nail died at the scene from his injuries.
“He was a good man who served his country as a soldier,” Ti Brock, a commentor at VVDailyPress.com, said of Nail.
“Johnny is a good guy and will be sadly missed,” Terri Luna posted to the Daily Press Facebook page.
The driver of the Ford received minor injuries and was transported to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. It did not appear that the truck driver was hurt.
The CHP said both Nail and the driver of the Ford were wearing their seat belts and that alcohol was not a factor in the crashes.
The accident shut down all but one lane of the freeway just as the peak of the morning commute approached. The SigAlert was canceled and all freeway lanes were open at 7:25 a.m., though traffic remained backed up as far north as Bear Valley Road for another hour.
There were roughly a half-dozen other minor crashes reported in the area, as drivers attempted to use side roads and get around the clogged freeway.
The CHP reported that another Honda and a tractor-trailer collided on the freeway near the crash site roughly an hour later. Then a tractor-trailer reportedly backed into a car on the Oak Hill Road on-ramp. There were vehicles reported driving the wrong way on Highway 138 and Summit Valley Road. Also, a couple of minor collisions took place on Highway 395, with traffic backed up for miles along that route and Mariposa Road.
Brooke Edwards Staggs may be reached at (760) 955-5358 or at bedwards@VVDailyPress.com.