COVER: Flowers sit on a median near the site of a wreck last month that killed Fabian Hernandez and Charles Crayton.
A medical examiner has confirmed that the driver killed in a fiery crash as he fled from police late last month was Fabian Dionicio Hernandez, a 39-year-old San Marcos resident.
Hernandez and his passenger, 43-year-old Charles Lee Crayton of San Marcos, were pronounced dead at the scene of a messy wreck early Monday, June 23 in the Rio Vista Terrace neighborhood. Crayton’s name was released hours later but incoming Police Chief Chase Stapp said the driver’s body was unrecognizable and could not be identify him conclusively.
The San Marcos Mercury reported a week ago that family and friends believed Hernandez to be the driver. On Thursday, Stapp said that an autopsy determined definitively that Hernandez was the deceased driver.
The men perished when Hernandez failed to negotiate a roundabout at the intersection of Cheatham and Rio Vista streets and his truck burst into flames. An officer suspected he was driving while impaired and attempted to pull him over on Hopkins Street, Stapp said.
An investigation, including reconstruction of the collision, is ongoing.Email | Print