Barstow, CA: Local man arrested for vehicular manslaughter and hit and run resulting in death of a local man during the morning last Sunday.

Source: Barstow Police Department (Information)

Picture: Barstow Police Department (Courtesy)

Barstow, California: Officers from the Barstow Police Department arrested a local man on Sunday, August 7th, 2022 for vehicular manslaughter and hit and run resulting in death of a local man.

According to the Barstow Police Department, at approximately 10:06 a.m., patrol officers responded to the 1200 block of West Main Street regarding a pedestrian vs. vehicle traffic collision.

Upon arrival, officer’s located the victim, 58-year-old Barstow resident Bedford Moering, deceased in the roadway.

Preliminary investigation revealed two vehicles, a white Honda Accord and gray Dodge Challenger, were involved in a speed contest and the Honda Accord struck Moering at a high rate of speed as he was crossing the street.

After the Honda Accord struck Moering, the vehicle also rear ended a blue Ford Escape.

The driver of the Honda Accord, Dean Laney, a 24-year-old Barstow resident, remained on scene and he was transported to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center by Desert Ambulance for his injuries.

The driver of the Dodge Challenger fled the scene without exchanging pertinent information or notifying law enforcement.

Detectives responded to the scene and assumed the investigation, obtaining video surveillance of the collision and spoke with additional witnesses.

Detective Jose Sanchez obtained the license plate number of the Dodge Challenger and Detective Andrew Hollister located the vehicle and registered owner, Manuel Zapata, a 22-year-old Barstow resident in the 24000 block of O Street.

Detective Jose Sanchez interviewed Zapata who was booked for PC 192 (c) (1) – Vehicular Manslaughter and VC 20001 (a) – Hit and Run resulting in death at the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s High Desert Detention Center.

Detective Austyn Willis contacted the Colton Police Department who detained Laney upon his discharge at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center. Detective Willis responded to the Colton Police Department where he interviewed Laney who was then booked for PC 192 (c) (1) – Vehicular Manslaughter at the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s West Valley Detention Center.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation may contact Detective Austyn Willis at (760) 255-5186 or at Those wishing to remain anonymous may also provide information by calling the WE-TIP hotline at 1-800-79-CRIME (27469) or by going to

ZachNews and the people of the Colorado River Tri-State communities send our thoughts, prayers and condolences to the family and friends of Bedford Moering.

Great work to the Barstow Police Department.


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