Press release - Serious Injury Traffic Collision

Published 2/14/2011 (all press releases for this day)

Jeri Williams
Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief



INCIDENT: Serious Injury Traffic Collision
DATE/TIME: 02/13/2011 / 1547 hours
LOCATION: Saviers Rd at Wolff St
DRIVER: Maria Bernardino, 53 years old of Oxnard
PASSENGER: Maria B. Lopez, 55 years of Oxnard
DRIVER: 20 year old male of Oxnard (Name withheld pending family notification)
VEHICLE(S): Brown, Chevy Tahoe
VEHICLE(S): Green, 1996, Kawasaki Motorcycle
PREPARED BY: Sergeant Randy Latimer
Senior Officer Maria Pena, Traffic Unit, 385-7750


On February 13, 2011, at approximately 1547 hours, officers from the Oxnard Police Department responded to the intersection of Saviers Road and Wolff Street after receiving a call of an injury traffic collision involving an SUV and a motorcycle. Once on scene, officers found that a motorcycle, ridden by a male driver, 20 years old of Oxnard, had collided with a Chevy, Tahoe, driven by Maria Bernardino, 43 years old of Oxnard.

Based on a preliminary investigation, the SUV made a left turn from northbound Saviers Road to westbound Wolff Street in front of the motorcycle which was traveling southbound on Saviers Road. The motorcyclist was unable to stop in time and broadsided the SUV.

The motorcyclist sustained serious head injuries along with several broken bones and a partially severed leg. He was transported to the Ventura County Medical Center where he was immediately rushed to surgery and is listed in critical condition. The driver of the SUV and her passenger were transported to Saint John’s Regional Medical Center where they were treated for minor injuries and released.

It has not been determined whether or not alcohol or speed was a factor in this collision. The motorcyclist was wearing a helmet at the time of the collision.

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

An investigation is ongoing.

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