LODI, CA - Lodi Chief of Police Mark Helms made it clear Monday he wants the driver who caused last week's deadly crash held responsible.
"This horrific event was not an accident. In my view, it was a heinous act by one person that resulted in six senseless deaths. The Lodi Police Department is treating this as a homicide investigation," said Helms."
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Ryan Morales, 28, has been identified by police as the driver of a GMC Yukon that was speeding through the intersection of Ham Lane and Vine Street last Tuesday evening.
His vehicle hit several others, and killed five family members and an unborn child. Eight other people were hurt as well. Witnesses told police the driver was going at least 80 miles per hour and was seen using a cellphone just before the crash.
San Joaquin County Deputy District Attorney Robert Himelblau said the charges against Morales will be determined by further investigation and toxicology results.
"Was it simple negligence, or gross negligence, or was it conscious disregard of human life? We need the information to make that determination," said Himelblau.
There has no rush to charge Morales since he's still in critical condition from the crash.
Helms also said Monday the medical condition of 9-year-old Eden Miranda, who lost five family members and an unborn sibling in the crash, has improved.