The driver of a car that rolled on a county road Saturday, killing a 15-year-old girl, was fleeing another vehicle that he had reportedly struck moments before the deadly crash, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The Highway Patrol released the information this morning as authorities sought charges of felony hit and run, manslaughter and driving under the influence against the driver, Josue Diaz, 18, of Holtville.
Whether those charges are filed rests with the District Attorney's Office.
According to a Highway Patrol press release, the fatal accident occurred as Diaz was driving at a high rate of speed Saturday on Anderholt Road near Jasper Road.
Diaz failed to negotiate a curve in the road, causing him to drive off the roadway and the vehicle to roll.