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Jose Vargas Arrested Fatal DUI Crash Hesperia Highway 395

Jose Vargas Arrested Fatal DUI Crash Hesperia Highway 395

Jose Vargas, 41, ID’d as Suspect in Hesperia Fatal DUI Crash

HESPERIA, CA (May 13, 2023) – Authorities detained Jose Vargas after a fatal DUI crash on Highway 395 in Hesperia.

The Sheriff’s Department determined that the 41-year-old Adelanto man was under the influence of alcohol when the collision occurred on Thursday.

The incident began when Jose Vargas was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Tahoe north on Highway 395 in Hesperia. At the same time, a 2018 Toyota Prius was going south.

Deputies said he then crossed into oncoming lanes of traffic into the path of the Toyota. In the process, his car struck the Prius head-on between Poplar and Main Streets.

The Victorville Daily Press and Victor Valley News wrote that the wreck took place on May 11 at around 6:31 p.m. The driver of the Toyota, Lisette Villasenor, sustained serious injuries upon impact.

Woman Killed, Children Injured in Wreck

The two passengers of the Prius, a 6-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl, obtained moderate to major injuries as a result of the accident.

Two helicopters and a ground ambulance rushed all three victims to a trauma center, where the 36-year-old Victorville woman died. Medical personnel placed the younger child in the ICU.

Meanwhile, Jose Vargas ended up unharmed following the crash. Deputies arrested and booked him at the High Desert Detention Center in Adelanto in lieu of $2.5 million bail.

They charged Jose Vargas with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and felony DUI causing injury. The Hesperia DUI crash is still under investigation.

Anyone with information can call the Hesperia Sheriff’s Station at 760- 947-1500 or the We-Tip at 1-800-78-CRIME.


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Sources: Victorville Daily Press and Victor Valley News

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