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APPLE VALLEY: Coroner IDs Bear Valley Road crash victims

APPLE VALLEY: Coroner IDs Bear Valley Road crash victims


Coroner’s officials released the names of two people killed by a weekend crash along a major road in the high desert city of Apple Valley.

The wreck was reported at 8:39 p.m. Sunday, June 14, at Bear Valley and Deep Creek Roads, about 1-1/2 miles east of the Mojave River.

Thirty-year-old Apple Valley resident Ernest Rivera died at the scene.

About an hour later, 34-year-old Apple Valley resident Sabrina Lee LaBahn died at a hospital.

As deputies were heading to the scene, a witness told dispatchers that someone was running away from the crash site, San Bernardino County sheriff’s officials said soon after the wreck.

On the day of the accident, deputies weren’t able to determine who was driving the westbound maroon 1999 Chevy Astrovan that they say precipitated the crash by turning left from Bear Valley Road to travel south on Deep Creek Road.

While making the turn, the Astrovan crossed in front of an eastbound gold 1988 Honda Civic driven by 35-year-old Hesperia resident Albert Carey, according to the sheriff’s statement.

Rivera was a passenger in the Chevy van, coroner’s officials say.� LaBahn was a passenger in the Civic.�

“it appears that alcohol may have been a factor in this collision,” sheriff’s investigators wrote.

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