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JAMES QUIGG, HESPERIA STAR
A car involved in a fatal collision is towed away as the victim's wheelchair remains in the middle of Bear Valley Road Monday morning. A pedestrian was using the wheelchair as a walker while attempting to cross Bear Valley Road at approximately 5:45 am Monday.

Woman killed pushing empty wheelchair on Bear Valley Road

Accident closes busy roadway for three hours

HESPERIA • A woman was killed in an early morning accident that closed Bear Valley Road for nearly three hours Monday, according to San Bernardino County Sheriff's officials.

Around 5:45 a.m. Monday, a woman who was using an empty wheelchair like a walker was walking in the center lane of Bear Valley Road. The victim then stepped out into oncoming traffic where she was fatally hit, according to Deputy Brendan Motley of the Sheriff’s Hesperia station.

“It was just a tragedy,” said Felipo Justo, who was behind the car that hit the woman. “It all just happened so fast right in front of me.”

Justo said the woman crossed the center lane and the eastbound left lane before she walked into the path of a white SUV. The SUV was heading eastbound on Bear Valley Road in the far right lane, Justo said.

“The SUV tried to move out of the way when it was too late,” Justo said, expressing sympathy for the driver who has to live with what happened next.

The SUV struck the woman, he said, and her body came to rest in the center lane with debris all around.

“I pulled over several feet from the body (and) dialed 911 as other vehicles slowed down and stopped to try and help, but she was dead,” Justo said. “The replay keeps happening in my head.”

Bear Valley Road between Second Avenue and Hesperia Road was closed for about three hours as officers investigated the scene. The road was reopened at 8:45 a.m.

The woman’s identity hasn’t yet been released.

Officials continue to investigate the crash. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Hesperia station at (760) 947-1500.

“What a horrible morning,” Justo said. “I really hope people are reading and realize how dangerous it is to cross a street in the dark, not wearing bright colors and not using crosswalks.”

— James Quigg and Brooke Edwards Staggs contributed to this report.


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