Update: Ventura man identified as fatality in Mono Cone crash

CHP news release


CHP Bridgeport is releasing the names of the involved parties from the fatal traffic collision on 10/03/2019 at 11:47 AM.

  • Driver of 1999 Ford – Marvin McChristian, DOB: 08/03/1956, from Mammoth Lakes, CA

The following were all patrons at Mono Cone in Lee Vining, CA:

  • Clyde Blackman, fatal injuries, DOB: 08/24/1949, from Ventura, CA
  • Jane Blackman, minor injuries, DOB: 08/14/1951, from Ventura, CA
  • Joan Montgomery, major injuries, DOB: 11/22/1947   , from Sonoma, CA
  • Marlin Montgomery, complaint of pain, DOB: 08/8/1946, from Sonoma, CA
  • Barbara Richter, minor injuries, DOB: 12/4/1955, from Mammoth Lakes, CA
  • Li Wanlu, minor injuries, DOB: 08/9/1987, from Xi’an, China
  • He Wenhue, minor injuries, DOB: 3/19/1987, from Xi’an, China

CHP Bridgeport is continuing to investigate this collision.


On 10/02/2019, At approximately 1150 hours, a 1999 Ford F-250 extra cab pickup was traveling in the northbound number two lane of US 395, just south of First Street,  in the town of Lee Vining.

For reasons unknown, the driver allowed the Ford to veer to the right.  The Ford traveled in a northeasterly direction across a raised concrete curb and sidewalk and into the parking lot – outdoor dining area of the Mono Cone restaurant.

The Ford collided into four patrons seated at an outdoor table and several patrons standing at the ordering/pick-up windows.  Four patrons sustained minor injuries and declined medical aid on scene.

One patron sustained major injuries and was transported to Mammoth hospital by ambulance.  One patron was pinned underneath the Ford and sustained major injuries.  During transport to the care flight helipad, the patron succumb to his injuries.  

The California Highway Patrol is continuing to investigate this collision.

The names of the involved parties are withheld pending official notification of next of kin. 


Sierra Wave Media confirmed a CHP Traffic incident report involving a White Ford 250 with camper shell, that struck customers  and went thru Mono Cone in Lee Vining at approximately 11:49 am Thursday, October 3. There is one fatality.

Public Information spokes person, Sarah from Mono County Sheriff’s stated three persons were hurt, with one person Care flighted  from Lee Vining Airport. No further information was immediately available.

From Kat Greenman


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4 years ago

My heart goes out to all involved, even the driver. However, a driver’s first reaction to anything impacting their ability to control their vehicle has to be put their foot on the brake. I can’t imagine any coughing fit that would stop me from depressing the brake pedal. Worst case… Read more »

4 years ago

I don’t know Marvin as a friend but in all the years we have crossed paths while living in Mammoth he has been nothing but cordial, even though we never knew each other, other than as locals.

4 years ago

The correct date of this horrifying accident is 10/3/19, not 10/2. I know because I was there and one of the victims. My heart and prayers go out to the deceased man and all the other victims who suffered yesterday. The good folks at Mono Cone were very attentive to… Read more »