Press release - Serious Injury Traffic Collision

Published 1/3/2011 (all press releases for this day)

Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief



INCIDENT: Serious Injury Traffic Collision
DATE/TIME: 01/01/2011, 0254 hrs
LOCATION: Rose Avenue North of Fifth Street
DRIVER: Rafael Deleon De La Cruz, Male, 19 years of Oxnard
VEHICLE(S): Grey, 1986, Cadillac
PREPARED BY: Sergeant Randy Latimer
Senior Officer Maria Peña, Traffic Unit, 385-7750


On January 1, 2011, at approximately 0254 hours, Officer Jim Crilly of the Oxnard Police Department was monitoring traffic at the intersection of Rose Avenue and Fifth Street when he observed a Grey, Cadillac travelling southbound on the west sidewalk of Rose Avenue north of Fifth Street. He watched the vehicle strike several signposts then collide head-on into a railroad signal standard at an estimated speed of 50 miles per hour. Officer Crilly responded to the collision location and found the driver, Rafael Deleon De La Cruz, 19 years of Oxnard, trapped in his heavily-damaged vehicle. Oxnard Fire Department personnel responded and had to extricate De La Cruz from the vehicle using the Jaws of Life. De La Cruz sustained multiple head and leg injuries and was transported to the Ventura County Medical Center where he is listed in serious condition.

Investigators are trying to determine why De La Cruz ran off the road and it is unknown whether or not alcohol was a factor in this collision.

If anyone has information about this collision please contact Senior Officer Maria Peña at 385-7750.

An investigation is ongoing.

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