Press release - Fatal Traffic Collision

Published 3/29/2010 (all press releases for this day)

John Crombach
Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief



INCIDENT: Fatal Traffic Collision
DATE/TIME: 3-28-2010 / 1334 hours
LOCATION: 4901 S. “F” Street, Oxnard
VICTIM(S): 3-year old male of Oxnard
11-year old male of Oxnard
DRIVER: Estella Cruz Lopez, 19 years of Oxnard
VEHICLE(S): 1994, Mercury Villager Van
PREPARED BY: Randy Latimer, Sergeant
Randy Latimer, Traffic Sergeant


On March 28, 2010, at approximately 1334 hours, officers from the Oxnard Police Department along with EMS personnel responded to 4901 S. “F” Street after receiving a call of a child that had been struck by a vehicle. Upon arrival, officers found that two children, a 3-year old male and an 11-year old male, had been struck by a vehicle driven by Estella Cruz. Both victims were transported to Saint John’s Regional Medical Center where the 3-year old succumbed to his injuries. The 11-year old was treated for a broken arm and was later released.

An investigation revealed that the driver of the van, Ms. Cruz, was pulling the vehicle onto the lawn to wash it. While driving onto the lawn, she inadvertently pressed the gas pedal causing the vehicle to lunge forward striking both children who were standing in the yard.

Alcohol was not a factor in the collision, however, the driver was found to be unlicensed.

An investigation is continuing.

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