ABC 7 reports a motorist suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol is responsible for the tragic deaths of a mother and her unborn child in Hesperia on Saturday.
A San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department spokesperson told reporters that they received a call about the head-on collision at 11:40 p.m. on Saturday, January 21. Deputies and officers from the Hesperia Police Department responded to the site near the intersection of Highway 395, north of Poplar Street.
A man was driving his Toyota Corolla accompanied by his wife, who was 35 weeks pregnant, when the suspect, 43-year-old Eddie Escobedo, drove his Ford Explorer into the oncoming lanes of traffic, slamming head-on into the smaller sedan.
Both drivers were transported to an area trauma center with major injuries.
Despite all life-saving measures made by paramedics and doctors, the woman and her unborn child died en route to the hospital.
After treatment, Escobedo was arrested on the charges of gross vehicular manslaughter and DUI and was booked into the West Valley Detention Center immediately after his release from the hospital.
The San Bernardino Sheriff’s Department is asking anyone with any information to contact the Hesperia Police Station at (760) 987-1500. Those wishing to remain anonymous may call (800) 78-CRIME (27463) or go to wetip.com.