A rollover crash north of Ventura has claimed one life, according to official sources. The California Highway Patrol responded to the fatal motor vehicle accident on the evening of Feb. 3 on Highway 101. Few details are available at this time, but it does not appear that a driver has been charged in the single-vehicle accident. It is unknown if the driver was killed in the crash.
According to the police report, officers responded to reports of a crash around 5:28 p.m. in the northbound lanes of Highway 101 just past Padre Juan Canyon Road. A total of three people were believed to be in the car at the time of the crash, one of whom had to be extricated from the rollover wreck. Two occupants suffered injuries described as critical and were airlifted by helicopter to a local hospital.
A third victim was pronounced dead at the scene by medical personnel. Police are still unsure what caused the rollover crash, but they have not ruled out recklessness, negligence or intoxication as possible causes. The emergency transport of the victims and the subsequent investigation into the crash closed the highway for several hours as state and local police tried to determine exactly what happened.
If the driver survived the motor vehicle accident, that individual could face criminal charges. Separately, claims for personal injuries and/or wrongful death could be pursued in a California civil court if the injury or death of an accident victim was caused by the negligence of another party. In those circumstances where the party believed responsible has died, claims may be pursued against his or her estate.
Source: vcstar.com, “Vehicle rollover crash kills 1 north of Ventura“, Jeremy Childs, Feb. 3, 2018