Fatal crash report to be reviewed

CNJ staff

Clovis police are meeting with the district attorney this morning to review their investigation of an officer involved fatal crash and expect to publicly release the crash report by afternoon.

Police Chief Steve Sanders said District Attorney Matt Chandler is expected to review the findings and evidence gathered by investigators and determine if Officer Steve Gallegos will face criminal charges or citations for the crash.

Mary Castillo, 56, died at a Lubbock hospital Nov. 18, the day after the crash.

Sanders said previously that preliminary evidence indicated Gallegos ran a stop sign on Grand Avenue at Sycamore Street, colliding broadside with a pickup truck in which Castillo was a passenger.

“(The case is) as complete as we can get it without the (laboratory) results coming back,” Sanders said Thursday. “We’re at the stage where we feel confident we can present him with a case file.”

After the file has been reviewed, Sanders said police will close the case and the reports will be made public.

Thursday, police denied a CNJ written request for records involving the case, citing an ongoing investigation.

The driver of the pickup, 40-year-old Edith Payton of Clovis, was initially listed in critical condition. However Sanders said she has been released from the Lubbock hospital where she was bring treated and is being placed in rehabilitative care for her injuries.

Following the crash, Gallegos was restricted to duty within the police department pending the outcome of the investigation.

Sanders declined to discuss details of the investigation or any factors that may have contributed to the crash, pending Chandler’s review of the case.