June has proven to be a deadly month, with six auto-related deaths in and around the Tri-Community. Roadside memorials have become a familiar and frequent site along our local roads that continuously remind us that something needs to be done to stop these senseless deaths.
Phelan – On Wednesday, June 10th, at approximately 8:15am there was a head-on collision on Highway 138 between Sheep Creek and Highway 2. San Bernardino County Fire responded, one person was airlifted due to major injuries, and four other people had less critical injuries. The tragedy involved a GMC and a Minivan.
West Cajon- On Saturday, June 13th, at approximately 7am on Highway 138 near Fern Cove Drive, West of the I-15 freeway, there was a head-on collision that left two people dead. This tragedy involved a green four-door sedan and a truck. The truck was on fire; one person from each vehicle died from injuries. San Bernardino County Fire arrived with the truck fully engulfed.
Pinon Hills- On Wednesday, June 17th, about 3:45am, again on 138 eastbound near Lone Pine Canyon, a 25-year-old female pedestrian was tragically struck and killed by a black Hyundai. She was running in the number one lane. San Bernardino Fire responded.
Pinon Hills- On Thursday, June 18th, about 7:30pm on 138 near Oasis Road, a tragic triple vehicle accident left three people dead and one other person in critical condition. The vehicles involved were a burgundy Honda Accord and a Silver Infinity G35, and a third vehicle.
All four accidents are under investigation by the CHP. Just two years back, the Tri-Community had an average of 12 auto-related death in one year, far too many. Sadly, the death toll is at half that average in just the month of June, this year.