California: Abel Rivera killed when DUI driver Diaz De La Vega blew stop sign; Ariell Gipson killed by DUI Irineo Del Castillo

San Bernadino County Sheriff, Calif.


According to San Bernadino Sheriff John McMahon, on Sunday, June 4, 2017, at 12:46 a.m. Diaz De La Vega was driving vehicle #1, a gray 2017 Nissan Maxima, south on Hellman Avenue from Arrow Route and was approaching the intersection with 8Th Street.

At the same time, Vehicle #2, a 2002 Chevrolet Silverado was traveling east on 8Th from Vineyard Avenue. The victim, Abel Rivera was riding as a passenger in the back seat of vehicle #2. Vehicle #2 stopped for the intersection controlled by a stop sign in all four directions and then proceeded through the intersection. Vehicle #1 was traveling at a high rate of speed and failed to stop at the stop sign and collided with the driver side of vehicle #2. As a result of the collision, the back end of the cab area was torn open and the vehicle rolled over, ejecting Rivera. Rivera was later pronounced deceased at the scene.

Diaz De La Vega was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and was booked at West Valley Detention Center for Vehicle Manslaughter with Gross negligence, as well as felony DUI.

Anyone with any information regarding this case is urged to contact the investigators at the Rancho Cucamonga Station at (909)477-2800 or WETIP at 800-78-CRIME or

Ariell Gipson killed when DUI Irineo Del Castillo slammed into back of her car and into Sheriff’s transport van with six prisoners

From San Bernadino Sun

SAN BERNARDINO >> A San Bernardino woman was killed early Saturday morning when authorities say a drunken driving suspect crashed into her, pushing her vehicle into the back of a San Bernardino County sheriff’s transport van carrying six inmates, San Bernardino police said.

Ariell Gipson, 26, of San Bernardino, was sitting behind a sheriff’s transportation van at H and Fifth streets at a red light when police say a man, later identified as Irineo Del Castillo, 34, of Riverside, sped off the freeway and smashed into the back of Gibson’s compact car.

“The young woman was killed and the suspected drunk driver sustained minor injuries,” said police spokesman Lt. Mike Madden.

It doesn’t appear anyone in the transport van suffered any serious injuries, Madden said.

Sasa Taliau and her siblings were returning home from a graduation party when they narrowly missed being struck by Del Castillo’s truck.

The family had just exited the freeway and were waiting to turn onto Fifth Street when they noticed the speeding vehicle.

“We were at the stop light, it just turned green and (we) notice this truck that wasn’t stopping,” she said in a Facebook message. “We waited ‘til it passed and then heard the car hit the cars at the next light. One car literally had its backseat crashed in.”

She said they stopped to help but police were quickly on the scene and attempting to help everyone involved.

Taliau said she and her siblings suspected the man, later identified as Del Castillo, may have been under the influence because of the way he was driving.

Del Castillo was arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence and was booked into West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga in lieu of $100,000, sheriff’s booking records show.   MORE

Coroner case #701703927

On Saturday, 06/03/17, at 1:45 AM, San Bernardino Police Department dispatch received 911 calls regarding a traffic collision at the intersection of H Street and 5th Street in their city. Ariell Gipson, a 26-year-old female resident of San Bernardino, was the driver of a sedan that was rear ended. Gipson was transported to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center for treatment of her injuries but all efforts failed and she was pronounced dead at 2:43 PM. The San Bernardino Police Department is investigating the circumstances of the collision.
1706340263 Sex: MALE
DOB: 05/31/1983 Age: 34 Height: 5’07”
Weight: 225 lbs Eyes: BROWN Hair: BLACK
Arrest Information
Arrest Date: 06/03/2017 03:08 Bail: INELIGIBLE
Arrest Location: 6700 BLOCK W 5TH ST Arrest Agency: SAN BERNARDINO PD
Current Housing Information
Housing Facility: NO LONGER IN CUSTODY
Release Date: 06/03/2017 18:54
Released To: SELF

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