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Driver ran red light in Fontana crash that killed 4, police say

January 30, 2012 | 11:45 am

Fontana crash

An "explosive" scene littered a Fontana intersection when a sport utility vehicle ran a red light and slammed into two other cars, killing three brothers and an 11-year-old boy, authorities said.

A Chevrolet Suburban carrying the three brothers was traveling east on Baseline Avenue in Fontana on Sunday when it ran the red light and sheared the back off a Honda sedan carrying a 40-year-old Fontana woman and her 11-year-old son, said Sgt. Billy Green of the Fontana Police Department.

The boy, Noah Ferrer, died Monday morning during surgery at Loma Linda University Medical Center.

The SUV ended up wrapped around a power pole at 9:35 p.m. Two of the men in the Suburban -- a 35-year-old from Rancho Cucamonga and his 39-year-old brother from Bloomington, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Their 37-year-old brother from Fontana died at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, said Deputy Mark Johnson with the San Bernadino County coroner's office.

The cause of the crash was under investigation, Green said.

Police found beer cans and firearms in the Suburban, Green said. Authorities did not know whether alcohol played a role, "but we're definitely looking into it," he said.

Investigators did not believe the brothers were involved in any crimes with the firearms before the crash but were looking into why there were so many in the vehicle at the time.


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Photo: The scene of the deadly Fontana crash. Credit: KTLA-TV Channel 5