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).