On 08/18/2012 at 12:08 AM, Martin Landaeta, a 41 year old resident of Rancho Cucamonga, was traveling eastbound on Interstate 40 in his personal vehicle when he came upon an overturned tractor trailer in the center divider.
He attempted to maneuver to avoid the accident and other vehicles and lost control of his 2012 Dodge Charger striking the rear of the trailer with the driver’s door.
The driver was pronounced dead at the scene, the two passengers were taken to local hospitals for treatment of their injuries. The names of the victims are being withheld pending notification of the next of kin.
An autopsy will be performed to establish the cause of death.
The California Highway Patrol is investigating the incident.
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.—A San Bernardino County sheriff’s detective was killed and a deputy was seriously injured when the vehicle they were traveling in crashed into a tractor-trailer that rolled over in front of them.
The San Bernardino Sun reports ( http://bit.ly/Qd0OZK) Martin Landaeta, a 14-year department veteran, died in the crash Saturday on the eastbound 40 Freeeway in Needles.
The injured deputy was not named.
Sheriff Rod Hoops tells the newspaper Landaeta was traveling with his wife and the unidentified deputy to Laughlin, Nev., for a two-day barbecue hosted by the sheriff’s Colorado River station.
Landaeta’s wife was not seriously injured.
Investigators will try to determine what caused the tractor-trailer to overturn. It’s unknown whether the occupants of the tractor-trailer were hurt.
Hoops called it a “very sad day” for the department.