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A woman is struck, killed by a drunk driver in Victorville

a A 22-year-old Victorville resident was taken into police custody on suspicion of drunk driving shortly after having struck and killed a female pedestrian along the southbound Palmdale Road on Sunday, Feb. 11. The crash, which happened to the west of Emerald Road, occurred around 8:30 p.m.

When deputies with the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department arrived at the crash scene, they apparently found a 62-year-old Victorville woman still lying in the roadway. She had already expired.

In speaking with witnesses to the crash, officers learned that the decedant had apparently been walking eastbound along Palmdale Road before she was struck. As the Ford pickup came upon her, he was reported as having been seen swerving. The investigative report shows that he traveled across the fog line where he collided with her.

Accident scene investigators out of the Victorville branch of the sheriff's office reportedly limited access to Palmdale between Cobalt Road and Cantina Drive for multiple hours as they reconstructed the crash.

The pickup driver was booked into the Adelanto Detention Center, charged with a vehicular manslaughter with intoxication offense. Bail has been set at $250,000 in the case.

Even with just the smallest bit of alcohol in a motorist's system, it can greatly impair their ability to see, focus, cause involuntary body movements and limit their ability to think rationally.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) data suggests that intoxicated motorists may take to the roadway as many as 80 times before they're ultimately stopped by police. If you've lost a loved in a car crash at the hands of a drunk driver, then a San Bernardino wrongful death attorney can advise you of legal remedies you can pursue to recover damages in your case.

Source: The Press-Enterprise, "Victorville man arrested after crash kills woman walking on road," Stephen Ramirez, Feb. 11, 2018

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