SAN GABRIEL VALLEY TRIBUNE

Arrest in crash that killed 2 teens

GLENDORA -- A 17- year-old San Dimas resident involved in a car crash that resulted in the death of two 15- year-old Glendora boys was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter Wednesday, authorities said.

The teen, whose name was not released because he is a minor, arrived at Glendora Police Department at 8 a.m. with his parents, Lt. Gino Domico said.

Domico said an investigation into the 3 p.m. May 4 accident on Route 66 near Compromise Line Road led detectives to detain the boy, who has been turned over to Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall in Downey for arraignment.

An unsafe lane change and the speed of the overloaded car were contributing factors in the accident, Domico said.

Scott Atchison and Chris Snyder, both freshmen at Glendora High School, were killed when they were ejected from a Mazda Protege driven by the teen, who did not have a driver's license. Police said the teen had received permission from his mother to drive the car that day.

Sandi Gibbons, a spokeswoman for the county District Attorney's office, said no charges will be filed against the mother, citing "insufficient evidence."

Gibbons said the District Attorney's office has not evaluated the evidence against the driver. That's expected to take place today at Pomona Juvenile Court and a decision will be made at that time.

The boys, who died from multiple blunt force injuries, were riding in the trunk because the car was full with other boys. Those passengers were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Paul Hunt, 36, of Rancho Cucamonga was driving a Chevy van that struck Atchison and Snyder on the busy street when they landed in his path.

Hunt will not be charged, Domico said.

"He was driving less than the speed limit. It was not his fault," Domico said.

Snyder was buried Tuesday.

A funeral for Atchison is planned for 1 p.m. Saturday at The Church of the Open Door in Glendora.

A memorial fund has been set up for Atchison at Wells Fargo Bank, 602 W. Route 66, Glendora. For more information, call (626) 963-5911.

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