Richard L. Ruiz Death, Obituary – An overturned automobile was discovered in a creek underneath the I-15 freeway along the Cajon Pass, and inside the vehicle was the body of a deceased male. On February 26, 2023, at approximately 11:30 in the morning, reports were made to the California Highway Patrol of a white automobile that was on its roof in a wash under the Northbound I-15.
Just to the north of Swarthout Canyon, firefighters from San Bernardino County Fire responded to the call and were able to locate the crash site along old Cajon Blvd, which is also known as Route 66. After climbing down to the vehicle and determining that the driver was already deceased at the scene, the firefighters walked up a gravel access road to reach it.
Officers with the CHP carried out an investigation for a number of hours, and at approximately 4:30 in the afternoon, they assisted in closing lanes no. 3 and 4 on the motorway so that a tow truck could retrieve the vehicle from the very top of the roadway.The location of the accident occurred on a section of the freeway that is technically a bridge that is sustained by enormous concrete pillars, and there is a wash down below the bridge that contains large rocks.
The website usda.gov states that black ice can easily form on bridges, overpasses, and the road that runs beneath overpasses. This is due to the fact that the cold air may effectively cool both the top and the underside of the bridge or overpass, resulting in quicker freezing times. Richard L. Ruiz, 29, a native and resident of Hesperia, was recognized as the person who passed away by the San Bernardino County Coroner’s Office.
The members of Richard’s family who knew him better by the nickname “Richie” established an online fundraising account to assist with the financial burden of the costs associated with his memorial service. Richie was reportedly a beloved father, son, brother, nephew, cousin, friend, and coworker who would be sorely missed by many people. He is survived by two young children: Noah, who is six years old, and Presley, who is four.
The combination of a significant amount of snowfall and temperatures below freezing brought on by a string of intense winter storms caused black ice to form on several streets late Saturday night and early Sunday morning.
The crash is being looked into by the California Highway Patrol – San Bernardino station, but they have not disclosed any other information at this time.