News release - 7/14/2012

Published 7/17/2012 (all press releases for this day)

Jeri Williams
Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief



INCIDENT Bicycle versus vehicle collision 
DATE/TIME Saturday, July 14 at about 7 p.m. 
LOCATION Victoria Avenue and Via Marina 
VICTIM Robert Escobar, 55, Oxnard resident 
SUSPECT Kris Helms 5/11/76, Oxnard resident 
CONTACT Mónica Muñoz Community Affairs Manager / PIO
(805) 385-7631

(Oxnard, CA) On July 14, 2012, at 7:03 p.m., Oxnard PD officers and emergency services personnel received a call regarding an injury traffic collision in the northbound lanes of Victoria Avenue north of Via Marina Avenue. Officers located a brown Dodge Ram pick-up, driven by Kris Helms, 36, of Oxnard. Helms struck a bicyclist, 55-year-old Robert Escobar of Oxnard. Escobar sustained serious head injuries as a result of the collision and was transported to Ventura County Medical Center where he underwent emergency surgery and was listed in critical condition. Helms was not injured.
Preliminary investigation indicates that Escobar was riding his bicycle northbound on Victoria Avenue and was in the bicycle lane. The pickup, driven by Helms, was also northbound. The pick-up sideswiped the bicycle causing Escobar to be thrown several feet and strike his head on the pavement. He was not wearing a helmet.
Helms was given field sobriety tests at the scene and was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs and causing bodily injury to another person. He was booked into the Ventura County Jail.
The investigation into this collision continues.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to call Oxnard PD at (805) 385-7740 or Officer Scott Aaron at (805) 385-7750. If you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Ventura County Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-8477. You can also visit this site to submit a tip via text or email.


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