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Deputy Garrett Pontier Killed in Off-Duty Crash on 15 Freeway in Hesperia

San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputy Garrett Pontier Identified as Victim in Fatal Hesperia Car Accident on 15 Freeway Near Main Street Off-Ramp

Hesperia, California (April 1, 2020) – Authorities have identified the man who was killed early Tuesday morning in a rear-end collision on Interstate 15 in Hesperia as San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Deputy Garrett Pontier, 22, of Apple Valley.

The fatal crash, which was reported at about 1:35 a.m. Tuesday, March 31, happened on Interstate 15 Freeway, just north of the Main Street off-ramp.

Authorities said Pontier was driving northbound on Interstate 15 when, for undetermined reasons, his 2003 Honda Accord drifted from the no. 2 lane, into the no. 3 lane and crashed into the rear of a truck-tractor combination that was also traveling northbound.

Pontier died at the scene while his passenger, a 21-year-old Rancho Cucamonga man, was airlifted to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center with major injuries.

The operator of the semi-truck was uninjured in the crash.

The crash remains under investigation. Anyone with information about the collision is asked to call the CHP Victorville Area office at (760) 241-1186.

According to Arin Khodaverdian, the Managing Partner and CEO Alpine Law Group, a separate investigation by an experienced attorney is necessary to clearly uncover the circumstances surrounding the collision. “An attorney will also help the victim to navigate all the legal processes in pursuit of fair compensation and justice. Car accident claims are rarely straightforward, and, regardless of the circumstances involved, liable insurance companies will often do everything possible to limit their out-of-pocket expenses by either devaluing or outright denying your claim. It is crucial, therefore, that you have an experienced attorney on your side,” said Arin.

What to Do At the Accident Scene

Nobody is ever prepared for an accident. However, knowing what to do in case you are involved in the accident is very crucial. The following steps will help you ensure your safety and the safety of others.

  1. Stay at the scene and don’t panic.
  2. Check for injuries and immediately call for an ambulance if anyone is hurt.
  3. Notify the police even if no one is injured. The police will examine the scene and document the accident. At this point, it is important to record accurate information. You can later request a police report.
  4. If the accident is minor, it is advisable to move the vehicles to the shoulder and turn on your vehicle’s hazard lights to ensure the safety of other motorists.
  5. Gather information about the other drivers involved in the accident. Also, talk to witnesses and get their information.
  6. If possible, take photos of the damage to your car and the surrounding area.
  7. Do not admit fault or discuss the accident with anyone. Do not sign any papers unless requested by the police.
  8. Do not leave the accident scene until the police have left.

After leaving the accident scene,

  1. Contact your insurance company as soon as possible.
  2. Get a copy of the accident report from the police.
  3. Get a property damage valuation.
  4. If you were injured in the accident, keep detailed notes of your injuries and track your medical treatment.
  5. Contact a reputable personal injury attorney to protect your rights.
  6. Seek legal advice before you contact your insurer to discuss your car accident claim and compensation for your personal injuries. A qualified attorney will help you recover the maximum amount of damages.
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