CHP: Texting didn't cause crash that killed Steele Canyon High teen

RANCHO SAN DIEGO - An investigation showed the Steele Canyon High student who died in a car crash was not using his cell phone during the time of the incident, the California Highway Patrol announced Thursday.

El Cajon resident Julian Fraire, 16, was driving a 2005 Chrysler Town & Country minivan south on Steele Canyon Road about 7:30 a.m. Mar. 20 when it drifted into the path of an oncoming 2008 Ford F-450 truck. He later died at the scene.

CHP said an examination into Julian's phone proved he was not texting or using his phone during the time of the crash. It's unclear why the Chrysler veered into the path of the pickup, said authorities.

The fatal accident later prompted community members to demand road barriers.

The community held a vigil for Julian this week and created a memorial fund. Contributions can be dropped off at any Mission Federal Credit Union branch or SCHS for the Julian Fraire Memorial Fund.

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