One FATALITY –
Sunday December 17, 2017, at approximately 1:50 P.M., Hesperia Sheriff Deputies
and Police plus San Bernardino County Fire responders were dispatched to an
injury, single off-road vehicle traffic collision. The incident location was in
the desert area off Acacia Road, east of U.S. Highway # 395 in the City of
Hesperia Sheriff Deputies and San Bernardino County Fire personnel
arrived on scene and found a 2009 Yamaha Rhino, overturned with the adult male
driver trapped underneath the vehicle.
Previous to the responders’ arrival the adult female
passenger was able to escape from the Yamaha Rhino, but was suffering from her minor
The male driver of the off-road vehicle, was extricated
from under the it, however despite efforts by Fire Emergency Responders, the
injuries sustained to the driver during the collision were fatal. The female
passenger was transported by ground ambulance to a local hospital for treatment
of minor injuries.
Based on evidence at the scene it was determined the 2009 Yamaha Rhino, had been traveling east on an unmaintained
dirt trail near Acacia Road, when the driver made a left turn at an unknown
speed, causing the vehicle to overturn. The driver and passenger were both
wearing safety harnesses, however helmets were not being used and the driver
was partially ejected as the off-road vehicle overturned.
The Hesperia Station Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) is conducting the
investigation and the exact cause of the collision is under investigation.
Anyone with information regarding the collision is asked to contact Deputy
Jeremy Deberg or Sergeant Doug Hubbard from the Hesperia Sheriff Station at
2009 Yamaha Rhino