The driver who breached security at Lemoore Naval Air Station before crashing into a parked jet fighter and killing himself and his female passenger was high on methamphetamine, a coroner’s report shows.
The incident occurred March 30.
Anthony Castillo, 29, and passenger Melissa Miller, 36, both died of blunt force trauma when the car hit a parked fighter jet on the tarmac at night.
According to a toxicology report prepared for the Kings County Coroner’s Office, a blood sample showed Castillo had more than 4,600 nanograms per milliliter – or 4.6 parts per million – in his system.
Miller tested positive but at a much lower level of about 430 nanograms per milliliter.
Any measurement higher than 1,000 or 1,500 is likely to cause death, said Jeremiah Gilson, senior deputy coroner.
Typically, extreme levels are found when someone ingests a packet of meth in hopes of hiding it from law enforcement, he said.
For unknown reasons, Castillo fled from a CHP officer, drove onto the base, got past a security perimeter and crashed into the fighter jet.