The city of Barstow’s administrative services manager was killed in a crash on Interstate 15 in Norco late Monday night, officials said.
The Riverside County Sheriff-Coroner said Ava Reyes-Halsey, 42, of Barstow was involved in a traffic collision just before 10 p.m. on I-15 just north of Sixth Street.
Paramedics transported Reyes-Halsey to Corona Regional Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead just before 11 p.m., officials said.
Barstow Assistant City Manager Cindy Prothro confirmed Reyes-Halsey was the city’s administrative services manager.
“Ava was so much more than that to all of us — she gave so much to each of us,” Prothro said by email. “Ava was a friend, a co-worker, a cheerleader, and so much more.”
City Manager Curt Mitchell added that the city’s thoughts and prayers were with her family.
“We are deeply saddened by Ava’s death,” he said by email. “She was a trusted and valued member of the city’s family. She will be sorely missed.”
The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the California Highway Patrol, but the woman whose 2002 BMW struck Reyes-Halsey was arrested, the CHP said.
The Riverside Press-Enterprise reported Genesis Velazquez, 27, of Jurupa Valley was arrested on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter, felony DUI and other charges. She remained in custody Tuesday in lieu of $1 million bail, court records show.
Reyes-Halsey was riding a 2017 Yamaha north on I-15 alongside a man on a 2012 Yamaha, CHP officials said. Velazquez was driving behind them.
Due to “possible mechanical issues,” the motorcyclists slowed down and veered from the left lane toward the left shoulder, the CHP release said. That’s when Velazquez crashed into both motorcycles.
Reyes-Halsey was thrown onto the roadway, the release said. The CHP said neither the male motorcyclist nor Velazquez was injured.