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Car hits two pedestrians

November 11, 2017

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif – On Thursday, November 9 at about 9:00 p.m., Deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff - Morongo Basin Station responded to a report of a vehicle colliding with two pedestrians near the intersection of Adobe Road and Samarkand Avenue in Twentynine Palms.

Deputies from the Morongo Basin Station’s Major Accident Investigation Team responded due to the severity of the injuries reported.

The investigators learned Tim Turner (age 22 of Twentynine Palms) was walking in the roadway of Adobe Road and Samarkand Avenue. According to witnesses, Turner was under the influence of alcohol and was not walking in a crosswalk. A good Samaritan, Julio Serrano entered the roadway in an attempt to assist in getting Turner out of the road. At that time, Michael Ambriz (age 25 of Twentynine Palms) was traveling north on Adobe Road at about 40 to 45 miles per hour and he was driving toward Samarkand Avenue.

As Ambriz approached the intersection of Adobe Road and Samarkand Avenue, he struck Turner and Serrano in the northbound lane of Adobe Road south of Samarkand Avenue. Ambriz immediately stopped and attempted to help Turner and Serrano. Ambriz remained at the scene and waited for emergency personnel to arrive.

Serrano and Turner were transported to a local hospital for medical treatment. At this time, Serrano and Turner are listed in stable condition. Ambriz’s vehicle sustained moderate damage from the collision. It was determined Ambriz was not under the influence of alcohol and was released at the scene.

Anyone with information related to the investigation is asked to contact the Morongo Basin Station Major Accident Investigation Team (MAIT) at (760) 366-4175.

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