Authorities are investigating whether rain may have played a role in two crashes on San Bernardino County roads that left three people dead over the weekend.

Rialto residents Pedro Almanza Jr., 24, and Daniel Andrade, 17, and Bloomington resident Armando Mendoza, 26, were killed in two crashes, one on Saturday night, the other on Sunday morning, according to the San Bernardino County Coroner's Office.

Mendoza was a passenger in a Honda Civic traveling west on the 10 Freeway in Bloomington about 1:55 a.m. Sunday, according to California Highway Patrol and coroner's reports.

The driver of the Honda reportedly made a last-minute move to exit the freeway on the Riverside Avenue off-ramp and lost control of the vehicle, authorities said.

The Honda rolled over, ejecting Mendoza onto the off-ramp. Moments later, Mendoza was struck by another vehicle on the off-ramp, authorities said.

Shortly after 8 p.m. Saturday, Almanza, Andrade and at least one more person were traveling south on North Riverside Avenue in a 2009 Honda Civic. Suddenly the driver of lost control of the vehicle just south of Sierra Avenue, authorities said.

The Honda spun into the northbound lanes and was struck by a northbound Ford Explorer.

Almanza and Andrade were killed on impact, authorities said. The driver of the Honda and a person in the Ford were taken to the hospital. Their conditions were unknown.

CHP officials are investigating whether slick roads from wet weather contributed to the fatal crashes.


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The wet weather, which continued into Sunday, coupled with an increased number of motorists trying to head to local ski resorts, also led to a jump in fender-benders, authorities said.

No other fatalities were reported Sunday.

Several vehicles began sliding into each other in Wrightwood on Sunday evening as snow enthusiasts tried to make their way out of the mountain community.

Motorists traveling to the Running Springs area via Highway 330 had to contend with slow traffic and long lines. Several small crashes were reported, according to the CHP website.

CHP officials advise motorists to remain aware of dangerous driving conditions as they head out for the New Year's holiday and to designate a sober driver.


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