California Highway Patrol officials reported today it could be a month before they file documents seeking a manslaughter charge against a 15-year-old driver of a pickup involved in an accident Friday that resulted in the death of an Imperial girl.
Highway Patrol Sgt. Mike Berger said investigators must wait on autopsy results from the county Coroner's Office before they request that the District Attorney's Office file the charge. He said it could be weeks to a month before all autopsy results are available.
Berger initially said the Highway Patrol could seek the charge against the El Centro teen Wednesday or today.
However, this morning he said it would take more time, adding it is standard procedure to wait for autopsy results to "rule out any other source of death."
The accident occurred at 10:30 p.m. Friday in the Superstition Mountains area.
Four youths, none of whom had a driver's license, were in a pickup being driven on Wheeler Road near Huff Road. The Highway Patrol reported the driver was age 15. The youth's name has not been released.