Barstow Pedestrian Fatally Struck by Speeding Vehicle, Two Arrested

BARSTOW, CA (August 10, 2022) – Sunday morning, Dean Laney and Manuel Zapata were arrested after a crash that claimed the life of Bedford Moering.

The incident occurred on August 7th, at around 10:06 a.m., near the 1200 block of West Main Street.

According to reports, Laney, driving a white Honda Accord and Zapata, driving a gray Dodge Challenger, were engaged in a street race. While traveling on Main Street, Laney fatally struck Moering while he was trying to cross the street.

The Accord then rear-ended the back of a blue Ford Escape. Upon impact, Zapata fled the scene without exchanging information.

Medical personnel arrived and pronounced 58-year-old Moering dead at the scene. Medics then transported Laney to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center for further treatment of his injuries.

Police later arrested both 24-year-old Laney and 22-year-old Zapata on charges of vehicular man-slaughter among other charges.


No words can mend the broken hearts and sorrow felt during this delicate moment. The team at Sweet James sends their deepest condolences and sympathies to the family and friends of Bedford Moering.


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