Press release - Serious-Injury Traffic Collision

Published 5/31/2011 (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:  May 27, 2011 / 2030 Hours
LOCATION:  Maulhardt Dr / Latigo Av
DRIVER-1:  Torrey Austin, 23 years old of Oxnard
DRIVER-2:  Anthon Chevalier, 33 years old of Oxnard
DRIVER-3:  Andrew Hernandez, 35 years old of Oxnard
VEHICLE-1:  Red, Ford Mustang
PASSENGER VEHICLE-1:  John Lobb, 23 years old of Oxnard
VEHICLE-2:  White, Nissan Maurano
PASSENGERS VEHICLE-2:  Silvia Hernandez, 36 years old of Oxnard
 Two Males 13 and 15 of Oxnard
 Female 6 years of Oxnard
VEHICLE-3:  White, Nissan Maurano
PREPARED BY:  Randy Latimer, Traffic Sergeant
 Scott Aaron, Traffic Officer, 805-385-7600


On May 27, 2011, at about 2030 hours, officers responded to a call of a vehicle collision at the intersection of Maulhardt Dr. and Latigo Av. A Nissan SUV occupied by five family members was struck by a Ford Mustang that failed to stop for a stop sign at a high rate of speed.

Traffic investigators were told that the red Mustang had been racing another vehicle, a white vehicle, seconds prior to the collision and that the white vehicle had fled prior to the arrival of emergency personnel.

Traffic officers subsequently contacted Anthon Chevalier, 33 years old of Oxnard. Mr. Chevalier was later arrested for suspicion of DUI, hit and run driving, and suspicion of participating in a street race. A search warrant was served at Chevalier’s residence on the morning of May 28, 2011, and the vehicle believed to be involved in the incident was located and impounded for further investigation.
Torrey Austin, The driver of the red Mustang, remains in the hospital recovering from injuries he sustained in the collision. Charges are pending.

The medical status on the Hernandez family members have each improved. The father, Andrew Hernandez, remains in ICU at VCMC under observation and is stable. The 6-year old family is expected to be transferred back to VCMC for further treatment.

If anyone has information about this collision please contact Officer Scott Aaron at 805-385-7600.

An investigation is continuing.

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