Evidence still pending in fatal crash

CNJ staff

Police Chief Steve Sanders said Thursday that investigators are still waiting on evidence from a fatal crash involving Officer Stephen Gallegos.

Sanders said police have received Gallegos ’ cell phone records. However, they are still awaiting laboratory results from blood tests taken after the Nov. 17 crash.

Sanders declined to comment on any findings gained from the phone records.

Police said Gallegos crashed into a pickup truck after he ran a stop sign on Grand Avenue at Sycamore Street. Mary Castillo, 56, of Clovis, a passenger in the truck, died the next day from her injuries.

The driver, Edith Peyton, 40, of Clovis was critically injured and has since been released from the hospital.

Gallegos was driving more than 20 mph over the posted speed limit, court records show.

Gallegos has not been charged in connection with the crash and remains on duty, restricted to the police department.

The District Attorney Matt Chandler said he will review the case after all the evidence is received.