October 16, 2018
Cause of deadly I-10 crash eludes investigators, victims identified
RIALTO – (INT) – California Highway Patrol investigators haven’t reached any conclusions about last month’s horrific crash on Interstate 10 that claimed five lives.

A special MAIT team has questioned Michael Coley about what might have caused him to lose control of his cement pumper truck, but his response was not disclosed. MAIT will consider whether mechanical failures, medical issues, cell phone distraction and/or other traffic issues were involved. Based on prior MAIT investigations, it may take several months before the cause is announced.

Coley’s truck crashed through the freeway center divider guard railing into the opposing lanes of traffic colliding with several vehicles.

The coroner says ‘specific challenges’ prevented identification of five people who perished in the horrific February 16th collision on Interstate 10.

The victims were identified Friday as Jerry Thomsen, 59, and his wife, Linda Crowell-Thomsen, 55, of Menifee; Miguel Martinez-Medina, 63, of Los Angeles; Edgar Kunkler, 63 of West Covina; and Dudley White, 73, of Twenty-Nine Palms.

The coroner did not specify if the victims were drivers or passengers. The California Highway Patrol did not respond to media inquiry.
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