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Wrong-way driver faces criminal charges in fatal Victorville crash

A 33-year-old Phelan man who allegedly drove the wrong way on a freeway in Victorville at extremely high speeds, causing a head-on crash that killed his passenger, will face criminal charges, authorities said.

Ilich Ernesto Vargas was being held on suspicion of driving under the influence and causing major injury and death in the early morning incident Saturday on Interstate 15, according to CHP Officer Matt Hunt. Vargas, who had to be subdued with Tasers by officers after the crash, showed signs of drug intoxication, and officials are awaiting toxological results, Hunt said. Vargas, who suffered a broken right leg and other injuries, may face more serious charges as the investigation continues, Hunt added.

The dead passenger was identified as Kellie Sue Hughes, 50, of Pinon Hills, who was wearing her seatbelt, the CHP reported. The driver of the other car, David Ahmed, 28 of Ft. Irwin, was being treated at a local hospital for abrasions and possible back injury.


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