Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Woman and unborn child killed in crash caused by suspected drunk driver in Hesperia, authorities say

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Hesperia, California. (KABC) — A suspected drunk driver crashed head-on into another car in Hesperia late Saturday, killing a woman and her unborn child and injuring her husband, authorities said.

According to a news release from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, deputies responded to the crash around 11:40 p.m. on Highway 39 just north of Poplar Street.

Andrew Ruddy, 36, was driving a Toyota Corolla with his wife Nicole Ruddy, 33, in the passenger seat. Nicole was 35 weeks pregnant.

Authorities say the suspect, 43-year-old Eddie Escobedo, was in a Ford Explorer when he pulled into the oncoming lane and crashed head-on into Ruddy’s Corolla.

Andrew and Nicole Ruddy and Escobedo were transported by firefighters to regional trauma centers.

Despite life-saving measures, Nicole and her unborn child died.

Andrew Ruddy and Escobedo sustained serious injuries.

When deputies investigated, they found that Escobedo was under the influence of alcohol and had exceeded the California legal limit at the time of the crash, according to authorities.

Escobedo was treated for his injuries and taken to the West Valley Detention Center on suspicion of manslaughter while intoxicated.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Hesperia Police Department at 760-947-1500. Callers who wish to remain anonymous can contact the We-Tip hotline at 800-78-CRIME (27463) or wetip.com.

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