FONTANA, California — A devastating tragedy unfolded on the streets of Fontana Sunday night after the driver of a black Chevy Suburban allegedly ran a red light killing himself, his two adult brothers and an 11-year-old boy riding as a passenger in his mother’s white Honda sedan, according to San Bernardino County coroner and police reports.
Police say a 1998 Chevy Suburban was driving eastbound on Baseline Road when it allegedly ran a red light and collided near Cherry Avenue with a southbound 1998 Honda sedan driving by a 40-year-old Fontana mother. The violent impact of the two cars ripped off the back section of the Honda, according to news reports. Following impact, the Suburban went off the road, hit a Toyota and crashed into a power pole on the southeast corner, according to a coroner report.
Paramedics arriving at the scene immediately pronounced two of the brothers dead at the scene – Ernesto Leon, 35, of Rancho Cucamonga, and Efrain Leon, 39, of Bloomington. The third brother – Gilbert Leon, 37, of Alta Loma, – was transported to Kaiser Hospital where he died a short time later, the report said.
Noah Ferrer, 11, of Fontana, was seriously injured in the crash and taken to Loma Linda University Medical Center where he died at 12:26 a.m. during surgery, coroner officials said in the report.
The Fontana Police Department is investigating the horrific car crash to determine exactly what they think happened. Police will conduct testing to determine if alcohol played a role in the crash. There were beer cans and firearms found inside the Suburban driven by the three brothers.
Drivers who run red lights are typically held accountable under California laws for their actions if they injure or kill another person in a car crash. Even if the driver dies in the crash a victim may be awarded compensation for their loss from his estate. When a driver gets behind the wheel of an automobile they owe a duty to others on the road to abide by the rules of the road. The standard of care required by drivers is one that the ordinarily careful and reasonably prudent person would exercise under the same or similar circumstances, according to California Civil Code section 1714.
“Drivers who run red lights are not being careful or responsible whether they are distracted by something or if they were in a hurry to get somewhere,” said Attorney West Seegmiller, founder of the Seegmiller Law Firm. “Sadly this car crash is a tragedy for all of the families involved.”
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