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SBSD - Hesperia Police Department
Tuesday April 26th, 2022 :: 12:39 p.m. PDT


18-year-old Hesperia Woman Dies in Traffic Collision, Driver of Other Vehicle Arrested

DATE/TIME: April 25, 2022/9:38 p.m.

INCIDENT: Fatal Traffic Collision / PC 191.5 - Gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated

LOCATION: Main Street and Walnut Street, Hesperia

SUSPECT(S): Driver #1: Nicolas Farino, 19-year-old male, resident of Arizona
                        Vehicle #1: 2002 Dodge Ram

VICTIM(S): Driver#2: 18-year-old female, resident of Hesperia
                     Vehicle #2: 2005 Jeep Liberty 

SUMMARY: On Monday, April 25, 2022, at approximately 9:38 p.m., deputies from the Hesperia Sheriff's Station and rescue personnel from the San Bernardino County Fire Department responded to a traffic collision at the intersection of Main Street and Walnut Street, in the city of Hesperia. 

Upon arrival, deputies discovered a 2002 Dodge Ram, driven by Nicolas Farino, traveled east on Main Street toward the intersection of Walnut Street. A 2005 Jeep Liberty turned left from the westbound left turn lane of Main Street with intentions to travel south onto Walnut Street. Farino crashed into the the passenger side of the Jeep, causing the Jeep to rollover onto its side. The driver of the Jeep Liberty was pronounced deceased at the scene. Farino, along with his 18 and 16 year old passengers was transported to a local hospital for minor injuries. 

During the investigation, it was determined Farino was driving recklessly immediately prior to the crash and was also found to be driving under the influence. Farino was arrested after he was discharged from the hospital and was booked into the High Desert Detention Center for PC 191.5 - Gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.

Main Street from Walnut Street to Rock Springs Road was closed for several hours while members of the Hesperia Major Accident Investigation Team processed the scene.

Anyone who has information or may have witnessed the collision is urged to contact Deputy T. Rogoff or Sergeant Brendan Motley at the Hesperia Station at (760) 947-1500.

Refer: Deputy Tanner Rogoff or Sergeant Brendan Motley

Station: Hesperia Police Station

Phone No. 760-947-1500

Case No. 192202982

SHANNON D. DICUS, Sheriff-Coroner
San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department

SBSD - Hesperia Police Department
15840 Smoke Tree St
Hesperia, CA 92345

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 760-947-1549

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