Troy Dean Reynolds : “Hit-and-Run Driver Charged in Yucca Valley Teen Death”

A 57-year-old man has been charged by the San Bernardino County District Attorney’s Office for his alleged involvement in a hit-and-run incident that resulted in the death of a 16-year-old boy in Yucca Valley. The suspect, Troy Dean Reynolds, is accused of fatally hitting Joshua Alexander Sanchez Barreras in January.

According to the sheriff’s department, Reynolds, who was identified as the driver, is set to surrender in court for booking and arraignment on Feb. 27. The authorities reached an agreement with Reynolds’ defense counsel and the DA’s office for this process.

The tragic incident unfolded when Yucca Valley sheriff’s deputies discovered Barreras unresponsive in the center median of Highway 62/Twentynine Palms Highway on Jan. 26 at 8:26 p.m. Despite receiving medical aid at the scene, Barreras was pronounced dead after being taken to Hi-Desert Medical Center.

The Morongo Basin Major accident Investigation Team took charge of the case and eventually linked a white Dodge Ram truck to the hit-and-run. Through their investigation, detectives determined that Reynolds, a Yucca Valley resident, was the driver of the Dodge Ram 5500 tow truck involved in the collision.

Sheriff’s officials revealed that Reynolds did not report the incident to law enforcement and instead tried to cover up his involvement. Further leads led detectives to a body shop in Riverside County, where parts from Reynolds’ truck, consistent with the collision, were found shortly after the hit-and-run.

Following the thorough investigation, the Morongo Basin sheriff’s station submitted the case to the DA’s office, resulting in a felony complaint against Reynolds for suspected hit-and-run resulting in a fatality. Anyone with information related to the case is urged to contact the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department Morongo Basin Station at 760-366-4175 or remain anonymous by reaching out to We-Tip at 1-888-78-CRIME or wetip.com.

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