Driver arrested on suspicion of murder in Porter Ranch crash that killed two teens
The bodies of two children were found in a ravine east of Porterville in Riverside County. In a previous report, authorities said the children’s mother, 21, and boyfriend, 37, were driving east on Interstate 15 in the Sierra Foothills in an SUV. Authorities say they never made it home.
A man was arrested Sunday night on suspicion of murder in connection with the deaths of two Riverside County teens who were killed in a car crash on I-15 in the Sierra foothills.
Riverside County sheriff’s deputies were called to a crash between vehicles at about 5:30 p.m. in the westbound lanes of the interstate on Saturday, shortly after 6 p.m., sheriff’s officials said.
Clyde C. Mathers, 49, of Porterville, was arrested on suspicion of two counts of murder for the death of two teenage boys.
Deputies were investigating whether the crash was an accident, and the cause remains under investigation, sheriff’s officials said late Monday.
Mathers, who is currently jailed on $1 million bail, was arrested Sunday night after he was found driving a Jeep Cherokee with a broken front passenger window, authorities said.
According to a sheriff’s report, Mathers crashed into a pickup truck on the westbound lanes of I-15 and died in the crash as he drove east. He was found dead at 8:45 p.m. (2245 GMT) Sunday.
Deputies say the children’s mother, 21-year-old Jasmine Mathers, and a boyfriend, 37-year-old Michael Mathers, were driving east on I-15 in an SUV near Porterfield when they collided with a pickup truck around 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
The SUV then crashed into two trees. Authorities said Jasmine Mathers, Jasmine Mathers’ 14-year-old daughter, along with a 14-year-old boy,