Fontana resident Daniel Castillo, 69, was the motorist killed in a crash with a wrong-way driver from Santa Clarita on the 210 freeway in Claremont on Monday, according to Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner officials.
“He was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:15 p.m. on Monday, January 22,” said Ed Winter, assistant chief coroner.
“An autopsy performed showed he died of multiple blunt force injuries,” Winter said. “It was ruled an accident.”
The driver of the vehicle who allegedly caused the crash, Nicole Thibault, 28, of Santa Clarita, was taken to Pomona Valley Monday for treatment of major injuries.
The California Highway Patrol was continuing its investigation, CHP Sgt. Tony Padilla said Friday afternoon.
“We don’t have any further information right now,” Padilla said. “It’s a big investigation. We should have more information early next week.”
From the original post, Monday, Jan. 23:
Officials from the California Highway Patrol say the incident began when the suspect, Nicole Thibault, 28, of Santa Clarita, stole a truck in San Bernardino, with a 2-year-old in the back seat.
Thibault later dropped off the child near Temple and H Streets in San Bernardino. The child was found safe.
“From that point on, we don’t know where she got on the freeway,” said Officer Rodrigo Jimenez, CHP public information officer. “We started receiving phone calls to our CHP dispatch of a wrong-way driver traveling westbound on the eastbound lanes of State Route 210. Reports were she was traveling in within the center median at a high rate of speed.”
The suspect’s car later veered left into oncoming traffic and hit four other vehicles, killing one of the drivers involved.
Although there were prior reports that a pursuit had ensued, there was never a pursuit that had been initiated, Jimenez said.
Thibault was transported to Pomona Valley hospital where she is being treated for major injuries.
Jimenez said no arrest or charges have been made due to the suspect still being hospitalized.
So far, officials have not been able to determine if drugs or alcohol were involved.
“When she was transported, we did not have the opportunity to check for impairment,” Jimenez said. “We want to talk to her before she’s released. We want to look at everything that we have. But she’s not going anywhere.”
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call the Baldwin Park CHP at 626-338-1164.