ONTARIO, California – Five young men were killed in a single-vehicle rollover crash into a residence early Sunday morning on South Haven Avenue just south of East Creekside Drive and early reports indicate that speed, alcohol and distracted driving were possibly factors in the crash, according to news reports and a press release issued by the San Bernardino County Sheriff Coroner Department.
All five victims died about an hour after the 1:41 a.m. crash. Jonathan Watson, 21, was reportedly driving the 2005 Nissan Sentra at the time of the crash when he allegedly ran a red light on Haven Avenue before crashing into a home. Some news reports indicated that the driver may have been tweeting while behind the wheel as his passenger’s Tweets reportedly indicated that was the case, but police have not confirmed it.
“Police will investigate whether there were any other factors involved in the crash including other vehicles involved, speeding, alcohol or distracted driving,” said Attorney West Thomas, a personal injury attorney. “Attorneys can also conduct their own investigation into the crash and solicit telephone records to confirm whether a driver was texting and driving.”
Marquell Bogan, 23, of Ontario was transported by emergency workers to Kaiser Hospital in Ontario where he was pronounced dead at 2:24 a.m.
The other four victims all died at the scene of the crash. Ervin McKinness, 21, of Ontario died at 2:14 a.m., the report said.
Also killed were Dylan George, 20, of Ontario whose injuries resulted in his death at the scene of the crash. Watson, 21, of San Bernardino died at the scene at 2:36 a.m. due to injuries sustained in the crash. JaJuan Bennett, 23, of Rancho Cucamonga also died at the scene of the deadly crash about 2:32 a.m.
The car crash is being investigated by the Ontario Police Department and the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Coroner’s Division is conducting an investigation into the deaths.
“As a father of five grown children myself I sympathize with the families of these young men as they cope with such incredible loss,” Thomas said. “Hopefully other young people will learn from this in the future as no parent should have to lose a child in this manner.”
The family and friends of the many victims are holding a car wash fundraiser on Sept. 5 through Sept. 8 at Archibald’s Restaurant on 2685 E Riverside Drive.
For more information, you can call Linda at (909) 235-2482 or Fabiola (909) 544-6603.
Ontario Car Accident Statistics
There were 13 people killed and 1,028 injured in car crashes in Ontario in 2010, according to the most recent statistics compiled by the California Statewide Integrated Traffic Report. Additionally, there were 203 people killed and 7,915 injured in San Bernardino County, the report said.
Ontario Car Accident Attorney
The Thomas Law Firm has been handling wrongful death cases in California and Nevada for three decades. Our expert trial lawyers including founder West Thomas have a wealth of experience in this area of the law. Our expert legal team is compassionate with our clients, but our attorneys are aggressive in the courtroom and work tirelessly to settle lawsuits against negligent defendants responsible for the loss of our client’s loved ones.
For roughly 30 years, the legal experts at Thomas Law Firm have represented thousands of clients who were injured in traffic accidents or have lost a loved due to a negligent driver.
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