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Barstow man fatally struck on I-15 after birthday, domestic dispute


BARSTOW • A Barstow man was fatally struck by a vehicle on Interstate 15 early Monday morning, minutes after his birthday, California Highway Patrol spokesman Don Spiker said.

At approximately 12:01 a.m. Monday, Robert Ruiz, who turned 26-years-old on Sunday, was walking on southbound I-15 for unknown reasons when he was struck just north of L Avenue, Spiker said.

According to Spiker, Ruiz was struck by an Acura TL traveling at about 55 mph. Spiker said Ruiz walked in the path of the vehicle and the driver was unable to avoid striking him.

Barstow Fire Protection District pronounced Ruiz dead at the scene, Spiker said. The driver of the Acura — a 41-year-old Oceanside resident — was not harmed in the collision.

Barstow Police Department Lt. Mike Hunter said Ruiz was involved in a domestic disturbance earlier on Sunday.

According to Hunter, BPD received a call at approximately 7:51 p.m. on Sunday for an argument between a male and female on the 1300 block of Barstow Road. Officers determined the altercation to be a result of a verbal argument after they contacted Ruiz. Ruiz left the area of the disturbance afterwards.

Hunter said a vehicle’s window was broken during the disturbance and the vehicle owner did not want to file a police report or pursue further action.

CHP is investigating the incident and an autopsy by the San Bernardino County Sheriff Coroner Department will determine the cause of death.

Jose Quintero can be reached at 760-256-4122 or

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