Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Axel Reyes said: "We want to make sure we do a thorough investigation, and get all of our facts straight."
The facts so far indicate the SUV swerved and overturned on the highway. The driver, believed by the CHP to be 18-year-old Sylvia Garay is alleged to have been driving under the influence of alcohol. It's believed she and her two passengers, 20-year-old Stephanie Cordoba and 19-year-old Vanessa Gonzalez survived the rollover, but were killed when the bus hit their vehicle minutes later. The bus driver James Jewett was killed along with two passengers in the bus. Thomas Ponce and Epifinia Solis. The reconstruction may help settle the question of who is responsible. While the SUV driver has been blamed her family and others believe the bus driver should have been able to avoid the accident.
Attorney Robert Gilmore represents Garay's family. He was among several attorneys who observed the re-enactment. "More than anything else we are interested obviously in seeing a fair reconstruction of this accident by the CHP."
Lawsuits have been filed against the owner of the SUV, the driver's mother, as well as against Greyhound. The results of this re-enactment are expected to be key pieces of evidence in determining who was responsible for the deadly collision.