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Ventura: Two Killed, One Seriously Injured in Crash


At about 12:35 a.m. on Saturday, October 6, two people were killed and one was seriously injured in a crash in Ventura. Two others, a father and child, suffered minor injuries, as well. While traveling eastbound on Olivas Park Drive, the driver of a blue minivan neglected to stop for a red light, colliding with a Mercedes-Benz that was headed southbound on Victoria Avenue and then a Honda Accord. A 53-year-old male occupant and a 56-year-old female occupant of the van were killed in the crash. The impact caused the driver of the Mercedes-Benz, 34-year-old Oscar Juarez Cruz, and his 4-year-old boy to sustain minor injuries, while the 42-year-old driver of the Honda suffered major trauma. Paramedics transported him to an area hospital in critical condition.

“When motor vehicle occupants are seriously or fatally injured in a crash, the auto insurer of the at-fault party is obligated to compensate the victims for expenses associated with their recoveries or their families’ losses,” explained California car accident attorney James Ballidis.

The city of Ventura accounted for 4 of the 37 fatalities and 454 of the 4,441 injuries suffered in auto accidents in the county in 2010, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. That year, the incidence of traffic-related deaths declined by 11.9 percent in the state, from 3,081 in 2009 to 2,715.

All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the families of the two people who were killed in the crash. We would also like to wish a full recovery to the three people who were injured.

The Los Angeles Times originally reported this collision.

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