BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. Aug. 14 10:54 A.M. UPDATE – The Butte County Coroner’s Office has identified the passenger of the 1999 Ford Ranger. The passenger was identified as Ana Pareja-Estrada, 50, of Mexico.
The coroner’s office said the identification of the driver is unavailable at this time. The coroner’s office said they are going to do DNA testing on the body and should have the results back next week.
The CHP has released more details about the deadly two-car crash that happened on Highway 149 south of Highway 99 in Butte County.
All northbound Highway 149 lanes at Openshaw Rd. have been reopened.
The CHP said the preliminary investigation revealed a 2014 Volkswagen was traveling southbound on Highway 149 from Highway 99 and for unknown reasons at this time, the driver traversed the center dirt median of State Route 149 into the opposing northbound lanes, the CHP said.
At the same time, another vehicle, a 1999 green Ford Ranger was traveling northbound on Highway 149 within the right number two lane. The CHP said the Jetta traveled directly into the path of the Ranger causing a major head-on collision.
As a result, the two people in the Ford Ranger died, the CHP said.
The driver of the Volkswagen was identified as 26-year-old Dangelo Charles of Sacramento. According to the CHP, Charles was arrested.
Action News Now is working to investigate what Charles was arrested for.
Charles was transported to a hospital with major injuries.
One of the passengers of the Volkswagen was identified as 22-year-old Fayth Mccan-Bush of Paradise. Mccan-Bush was transported to Enloe Hospital with major injuries.
The third passenger of the Volkswagen was identified as a 3-year-old from Paradise. The 3-year-old was transported to Enloe Hospital with major injuries, the CHP said.
The CHP said it is unknown at this time if drugs or alcohol were factors in this collision.
The CHP said this is an ongoing investigation and details will be released accordingly.
The CHP said the fatal victim information will be released by the coroner’s office.
At today’s arraignment, Ramsey said Charles was appointed a public defender and scheduled for further proceedings tomorrow. He is currently being held at $1.5 million bail and has a parole hold from his 2018 Sacramento County armed robbery conviction. If convicted on his current charges, Charles faces up to 29 years in state prison.
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