2 die after PCH crash in Oxnard area
Two people were killed, one person suffered major injuries and one person was arrested after a double crash late Saturday night on Pacific Coast Highway in the Oxnard area.
The incident was first reported around 11:10 p.m. on southbound PCH near Naumann Road, according to the California Highway Patrol. Portions of the roadway were closed from shortly after the crash until about 5 a.m., CHP officials said.
The first crash involved a Volkswagen Golf and a Nissan Sentra. The driver of the Golf, a 34-year-old Ventura man, had been headed northbound in the No. 2 lane when he lost control of his vehicle and jumped the median into the southbound lane, hitting the Sentra, according to the CHP.
The driver of the Sentra, a 44-year-old Malibu man, died in the crash and his passenger, a 48-year-old Malibu woman, was taken to the hospital with major injuries, CHP officials said.
Within minutes of the first crash, a Scion FRS headed southbound and driven by a 28-year-old Oxnard man struck the disabled Golf.
The driver of the Golf suffered minor injuries in both incidents, according to the CHP. No alcohol or drugs were suspected in the first crash.
Meanwhile, a 21-year-old Port Hueneme man, who had been in a fourth vehicle headed northbound, apparently pulled over to help with the first crash. He walked across the lanes to assist but was struck during the second crash, the CHP said.
No one saw the Port Hueneme man get hit. His body was later found on the median, the CHP said.
The driver of the Scion was arrested on suspicion of DUI causing injuries, according to the CHP. The names of the men killed in the incident were being withheld pending notification of family.
The incident is still under investigation by the CHP’s Ventura area office. Any additional witnesses can call the agency at 805-662-2640.
Sheriff’s deputy injured in crash near Neptune’s Net
A Ventura County Sheriff’s deputy suffered minor injuries in a crash on Pacific Coast Highway that sent him off the roadway Saturday night.
The deputy was responding to a call about a suspicious person in the parking lot of the popular Neptune’s Net restaurant.
Around 8:30 p.m., a caller phoned 911 to report a possible drunken driver in a Mercedes headed southbound on PCH near Neptune’s Net. At some point, the driver, a 25-year-old Santa Paula man, made a U-turn and headed north in the southbound lane, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The sheriff’s deputy spotted the errant driver and tried to avoid the Mercedes, the CHP said. The driver of the Mercedes still hit the sheriff’s SUV, sending it off the roadway near Deer Creek Road and onto an oceanside embankment, according the sheriff’s office.
Sheriff’s Capt. James Sullivan said the deputy sustained minor injuries, was transported to the hospital and has since been released. The deputy’s K-9 Danny was also inside the SUV and received a cut to its face, the CHP said.
The driver of the Mercedes was arrested on suspicion of DUI and booked into Ventura County jail, the CHP said.