Palmdale man, 62, dies after road rage assault

Alberto Delpino (Facebook photo)

Alberto Delpino (Facebook photo)

PALMDALE – An autopsy is pending on a 62-year-old man who died after he was allegedly assaulted during a road rage incident in West Palmdale this past weekend, authorities said.

Alberto Delpino of Palmdale died Tuesday, Jan. 28, in Antelope Valley Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit, according to Los Angeles County Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter.

“The information we have is that the decedent was involved in a physical altercation and he suffered blunt head trauma,” Winter said, adding that an autopsy to be conducted later this week would determine Delpino’s cause of death.

Delpino was allegedly assaulting by two men during a road rage incident that occurred around 5 p.m. Saturday (Jan. 25) near Vicker Way and Avenue O-8 in Palmdale, sheriff’s officials said.

“Basically, he accidentally cut this guy off and then the suspect began to follow him. He didn’t want the suspect to follow him home, so he stopped at Vicker Way and O-8,” said Palmdale Community Relations deputy Jodi Wolfe. “The victim got out of the car to apologize and that’s when he was attacked.”

The suspects are described as two White males, one thin and one heavyset, who were in a beige or tannish-colored truck, Wolfe said, adding that no further description was available.

Delpino went home after the alleged assault, but the 62-year-old was transported to Antelope Valley Hospital some time after  because “he was having some trouble,” said Lt. Dolson of the Sheriff’s Homicide Bureau. Dolson said homicide detectives were at Antelope Valley Hospital Tuesday night to investigate the circumstances surrounding Delpino’s death.

“We don’t actually know that he died as a result of the alleged assault,” Dolson said. “We’re waiting on the coroner to conduct the autopsy and give us a determination of death, but we’re investigating it like it is [a homicide],” Dolson continued.

Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500. To remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).

  27 comments for “Palmdale man, 62, dies after road rage assault

  1. shay
    February 20, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    You were not just a customer at home Depot you were my dearest friend. I can’t stop the tears From fallng. I Miss you so much. The garden center will never be the same because i cant see your friendly face anymore rest in peace my friend you will be missed

  2. Angela
    February 18, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    He was so sweet and such a good hearted man he used to come visit me in Garden when I was out here cashier and talk to me for like an hour.. He was so positive and would tell me stories of his kind deeds.. And the baby boy who was named after him.. He would smile so big.. He just showed me pics of his house, his art, and told me all about his best friend (the lawyer lady) how age was amazing.. All these stories the day he left here.. He was taken from us all, I cried to know such a great human was taken.. Geeze I pray to God theses men are caught!!! Aren’t they’re traffic camsto see who it was? This is awful how ppl do such things and sleep at night!
    We’ll miss you and your smile… Xoxo see u in heaven
    Angela from home Depot

  3. J. Ripper
    February 15, 2014 at 6:06 am

    If ANYONE is following you, especially if you suspect road rage, it doesn’t make sense to go anywhere except directly to the nearest police/sheriff station.

  4. Bridget Samp
    February 8, 2014 at 11:39 pm

    The truck was diesel~~ lots of black smoke/possibly black front bumper. I hope they find this idiot. Too many people in this valley have major road rage……………..and why? Really Why?
    RIP Alberto

  5. Sarah at Home Depot Palmdale
    February 8, 2014 at 11:48 am

    We, at home depot, are very distraught and up set at the death of not omly a customer, but a great friend and human being. Everyone at the store knew and loved him! I just spole to.him a few weeks ago! And i will darn sure miss his smiling face stoping by to say hello! RIP Alberto! I hope to see you on the other side buddy! ;(

  6. Amzd
    February 2, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    I pray that divine justice be done to the men that did this. God knows all and sees all. Everything we do will come to light. Please receive our sincere condolences and now there is a brighter star in heaven looking over you.

  7. Dan
    February 1, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    Funny how people get away from the main subject of this particular accident. This happened right on the other side of the back wall of our house and we did not hear a thing. I wish I would have so I could have called 911. This is the first time I have heard of murder in this area since 1996. To all his loved ones, I am sorry for your loss.

  8. cruz
    January 31, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    I would like to say I’m so sorry for the loss of Mr Delpino.My heart goes out to the friends and family.I had the pleasure of knowing him and he will be missed,Does anyone know when the services will take place and where?

  9. Patty
    January 30, 2014 at 8:50 pm

    Sooo unjustified for 2 men to beat up a Defenseless man,he went to apologize and ends up in murdered. It’s a Privilege to Drive and for grown people to be so Heartless and commit such a crime is beyond any type of human behavior.
    Prayers to his Family and may you have comfort in this difficult time. God Bless and may he RIP

    January 30, 2014 at 7:25 pm

    This man was the kindest man you would ever meet and you are all concerned with “who’s to blame or my family/friend had this happen to them or me”. Have some compassion, this man was beaten to death! And for what? That’s the problem with this world, people like all of you who have no compassion and always pointing the finger at everyone else. People don’t have patience and need to just let stupid crap go. RIP Alberto, you were one of the kindest people with a heart of gold and the world has lost a good one.

  11. Vivian
    January 30, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Alberto Delpino was my uncle. On behalf of his family, we would like to thank all of you for taking the time to send your condolences and support. Indeed it was senseless, indeed it was not right. He was killed for nothing. Alberto Delpino was a friend to everyone and he was simply that person that you could rely on for anything. He leaves behind a big family and tons of friends. Thank you all again. Please be safe out there.

    • sikntired
      January 30, 2014 at 9:07 pm

      So sorry for your tragic loss.
      Hope that anyone with information comes forward, this could be anyone of us.
      Who’s to say they would not have done something even if he were in the car.
      Drive to the sheriff’s station or other public area and call 911.
      So evil to take a life over a dumb ego issue.

    • Cathy
      January 30, 2014 at 9:36 pm

      So sorry for your loss. I worked with your uncle a while back. He was so very nice and always brought a smile to my face.

    • dinkywolf
      January 31, 2014 at 12:22 pm

      Sorry for your loss what is this world coming to so sad

    • Bridget Samp
      February 8, 2014 at 11:29 pm

      Did your Uncle give you any details about what happened? Was he driving down 30th or Rancho when he encountered this driver. This town isn’t that big, they’ll find the truck.

  12. Newman
    January 30, 2014 at 8:55 am

    Call the cops when you are being followed.

    • sickofit
      January 30, 2014 at 12:12 pm

      Or drive right to the station and start honking your horn!

  13. Bob
    January 30, 2014 at 7:21 am

    The sheriff does not pull enough people over for their bad driving. I blame the cops.
    They need to get off their cell phones and actually do some traffic enforcement.

    • yogi
      January 30, 2014 at 12:18 pm

      You [removed]!!! The cops can’t be everywhere at the same time! Why don’t you help and get out on the streets and when you see someone driving too close, call a cop. [removed].

      This man did the wrong this with getting out of his car. It’s too bad the outcome was so terrible. I pray the cops catch these two and the courts put them to death.

    • R.Cogburn
      January 30, 2014 at 1:02 pm

      Bob, since you are the investigating detective regarding this crime, and you say the deputies are to blame, then way haven’t they been arrested? Fat boy and tweeker boy are not suspects, correct detective “Bob”? How do your patrol deputies call your desk at the station’s detectives office when they have a new investigation that they want to “run by you”? or advise you of a missing child Do you scold them like they were a child and tell them to get off the cell phone immediately and go find a payphone somewhere? Also, can you share with the rest of us (the community) just how many traffic citations the deputies have written in the last month? And since you admitted that the deputies need to pull over more people for bad driving, what will the new “quota be, Detective BOB?” Is that even legal, Detective Bob? I want your badge number, BOB!

  14. Jon Doe
    January 29, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    Sounds familiar I had the owners of Desiel Power in Lancaster cut me off in there lifted dodge truck with there company logo all over it, for not driving fast enough down avenue J in a school zone (I was trying to stay at 30mph which it’s a 25mph zone around 3 pm) they then threw a drink at my car and spit chewing tobacco all over my windshield with my son in the car. People are crazy and it’s only getting worse. I wish the police would actually follow up on these type of calls instead of brushing them off and doing no REAL investigation…. My prayers to the family of the victim. No one should lose a life because of a driving mistake.

    • Jason
      January 30, 2014 at 5:50 am

      Not the first time Ive heard that type of story about those guys. One day theyre going to do it to the wrong person.

    • yogi
      January 30, 2014 at 12:21 pm

      Did you report them to their company and the police? I sure hope so. So many punk low life’s up here. No one is safe. These idiots should be happy they have a job and act like grown ups!

  15. Take the AV Back!!
    January 29, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    My fiance was the victim of road rage in 2007 – in the middle of the day in Orange County, he was left in the middle of the street unconscious. He suffered multiple injuries and it took a lot of recovery time (both mentally & physically).

    My heart goes out to Mr. Delpino’s family – truly sorry for your loss; and such a senseless and untimely loss too!

    Two the 2 sub-humans responsible – How tough do you gotta’ be to pile up on a 62 year old man?! Do you feel big now? I hope you feel so tough when you’re behind bars! Get over yourselves!!

  16. gemini
    January 29, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    To this man’s family, I am so sorry for your loss. I hope they catch the two murderers who did this.

    I can’t believe people believe that crime up here has gone down. It’s worse than ever. Is everyone going nuts? Killing is the answer to anger? People, Let’s get along!!

  17. Robby Rankin
    January 29, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Road ragers lack internal self control as well as control elsewhere in their lives. Never get out of car and take photos.

    • Andrea
      January 30, 2014 at 12:02 pm

      I agree with Robby. After an incident while dropping my 6 year old off at Joshua Elementary School, my husband got me one of those throw away cameras to carry. He said to never leave the car, just start taking pictures. That was along time ago. Now we all have cell phones. If anything like this happens, take pix of their faces, license plates and street signs as many and as fast as possible. Send them to your closest spouse/child/contact. RIP Alberto Delpino.

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