SAN BERNARDINO, California — Gilbert Diaz Jr., 51, of Apple Valley was killed New Year’s Day in a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 215 Freeway at Palm Avenue, according to a press release issued by the San Bernardino County Sheriff Coroner Department.

About 4:58 p.m. on Jan. 1, 2013, Diaz was driving his white Toyota van northbound on the I-215 near the Palm Avenue off-ramp when for unknown reasons he lost control of the vehicle as it veered off the roadway and rolled down the embankment.

During the crash, Diaz was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene about 5:22 p.m., the report said.

The California Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.

“Police must conduct a complete investigation into the circumstances surrounding this car accident to determine who is responsible for the crash,” said Attorney West Thomas. “The investigation will include examining evidence to see if there was a mechanical failure and taking measurements to access whether a dangerous condition was involved.”

San Bernardino County Car Accident Statistics

There were 203 people killed and 7,910 injured in traffic accidents in San Bernardino in 2010, according to the latest statistics compiled by the California Highway Patrol Statewide Integrated Traffic Report.

Statistics show that 75 of those killed were involved in alcohol-related crashes, 33 deaths from pedestrian accidents, 26 motorcyclist deaths and eight bicyclist deaths. Most of the injuries were also alcohol-related (860 injuries), followed by motorcyclists (436 injuries), pedestrians (392 injuries) and bicyclists (305 injuries).

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