Pregnant Woman and Unborn Child Killed in DUI Collision near Poplar Street

HESPERIA, CA (January 25, 2023) – Saturday night, Nicole Ruddy and her unborn child were killed in a DUI crash on Highway 396.

The two-vehicle crash happened around 11:40 p.m., just north of Poplar Street.

According to reports, the driver of a northbound black 2020 Ford Explorer crossed the center divider on the highway. As a result, the Ford collided head-on with an oncoming 2018 Toyota Corolla.

Responding personnel rushed the Toyota driver, 36-year-old Andrew Ruddy, and his pregnant wife, 33-year-old Nicole Ruddy, to regional trauma centers. Due to the extent of her condition, Nicole and her unborn child later succumbed to their injuries.

Meanwhile, Andrew Ruddy and the 36-year-old Ford driver, Eddie Escobedo of Hesperia, suffered significant injuries.

Throughout the investigation, authorities determined that Escobedo was under the influence of alcohol. Hesperia officials booked him into the West Valley Detention Center for gross vehicular manslaughter and DUI.

Escobedo is currently being held on a $100,000 bail. Anyone with additional information about the Highway 395 DUI crash can contact Hesperia Police at 760-947-1500.

No words can mend the broken hearts and sorrow felt during this delicate moment. Deepest condolences and sympathies are with the family and friends of Nicole Ruddy.

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