CHP: Charges unlikely in fatal Madera Co. collision

The California Highway Patrol, contradicting earlier comments, said today that no criminal charges are expected from Tuesday's collision in rural Madera County that killed two teenagers.

Officer Ronnie Lopez, spokesman for the CHP office in Madera, said that although earlier reports said pickup driver David Rodriguez Montez had run a stop sign and crashed into a Pacific Gas & Electric Co. truck, officers said today that criminal charges are unlikely.

Lopez said the cause of the collision has not been determined.

David Montez and Jeffery Seymore, both 18 and of Chowchilla, were killed in the crash. Both were passengers in the pickup when it collided with the utility truck at Road 9 and Avenue 23&189.