The big rig driver who was pronounced dead after crashing through an apricot orchard Thursday has been identified as 53-year-old Jon Schultz.
The Cherry Valley (Riverside County) resident was southbound on I-5 when, for unknown reasons, his big rig drifted to the right, onto the shoulder and down and dirt embankment, according to the California Highway Patrol. The truck went through a barbed wire fence then continued in a southwesterly direction through 26 apricot trees before finally coming to a stop.
Schultz was pronounced dead at the scene. He had no visible injuries which suggests he might have suffered a medical emergency but his death is being treated as a traffic fatality until an autopsy proves otherwise.