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Passenger killed in San Bernardino crash in early December identified

By in Press Enterprise on December 28, 2017

By Beatriz E. Valenzuela

The 22-year-old passenger who was killed in a crash near Cal State San Bernardino in early December has been identified as Daniel Gonzalez, 22, of Apple Valley, the San Bernardino County Coroner’s office announced Wednesday.

The driver of the vehicle, which slammed into a light pole near University Parkway and Kendall Drive around 1 a.m. on Dec. 6, was taken to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center and died Dec. 16. He was later identified as Daniel Ochoa, 20, of Rialto.

It wasn’t immediately clear why it took so long to publicly identify Gonzalez as the passenger.

Ochoa was driving at a high rate of speed eastbound on Kendall Drive when he attempted to make a left turn onto northbound University Avenue and struck a light pole at 1:12 a.m., according to San Bernardino police.

His 2017 Honda Civic was engulfed in flames and passers-by pulled Ochoa out, but were not able to reach Gonzalez.

Several friends and family members have said the men were in the Cal State San Bernardino nursing program. Gonzalez was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity.

Thank you all for the love and support you have shown us. We will be having a vigil for our brother Daniel Gonzalez tomorrow on campus. pic.twitter.com/DKXuJg6Wqe

— Kappa Sigma CSUSB (@KappaSigmaCSUSB) December 8, 2017

The cause of the crash is under investigation, but police initially noted alcohol was a factor.

Authorities ask anyone who may have additional information about the incident is asked to contact police at 909-384-5791.

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