Two People Killed After Vehicle Fails to Stop at Intersection in Fontana, CA
Fontana, CA (August 15th, 2021) – A man and a woman lost their lives when their vehicle failed to stop at an intersection and was subsequently struck by another vehicle in the early morning hours of Sunday, August 15th, according to authorities.
The Fontana Police Department states that the pair were traveling in a Nissan Versa and were heading south on Redwood Ave. Unfortunately, their vehicle went through a stop sign and was hit by a pickup truck traveling west on Slover Ave.
Police indicate that the accident happened shortly before 1 a.m. Sunday morning. Both passengers of the Nissan were killed upon impact.
The San Bernardino County Coroner’s Office has released the identity of one of the victims as being 47-year-old Blanca Espinosa, a resident of Fontana. The male driver of the Nissan has not been named, pending notification of kin.
Investigators indicate that the driver of the pickup, a GMC Sierra, was not harmed in the collision. The driver of the pickup remained at the scene of the accident and has cooperated with the investigation.
The intersection was closed off to traffic for several hours following the accident. Authorities have not indicated whether they believe drugs and/or alcohol played a role in the collision. Anyone with additional information is being asked to contact the Fontana Police Department.
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