Teen who caused crash on SR 24 that killed 2 will not face criminal charges

Teen who caused crash on SR 24 that killed 2 will not face criminal charges

GRANT COUNTY, Wash. — An 18-year-old driver who caused a crash on State Route 24 that killed two people earlier this month will not be facing criminal charges, the Washington State Patrol confirmed Tuesday.

Troopers say Felix Diaz was attempting to pass two semi-trucks near the Vernita Bridge when his Honda Fit collided head-on with a PT Cruiser on Aug. 1.

His passenger, 15-year-old Gisella Morales, died at the scene. One of the occupants of the PT Cruiser, 65-year-old Kenneth Crawford, died 11 days later at Harborview Medical Center.

Diaz was transported to Kadlec Regional Medical Center where he was treated and released. Crawford’s wife, Karen, is in satisfactory condition at Harborview.

WSP spokesman Trooper John Bryant told KAPP-KVEW that based on their investigation, detectives determined the crash did not warrant criminal charges.

The Grant County Prosecutor’s Office said they did not receive a report from the investigation.

Bryant said Diaz was only cited for unsafe passing.

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