News release - 5/25/2013

Published 5/25/2013 (all press releases for this day)

Jeri Williams
Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief



INCIDENT:  Vehicle vs. Train - Fatal Traffic Collision
DATE/TIME:  5/24/13; 2047 hours
LOCATION:  Rose Avenue just north of SR-34 (Fifth Street)
VICTIM(S):   Male, 70’s, possible Oxnard Resident  
(Name withheld pending notification of next of kin)
PARTIES:  Amtrak; Vera Olivia Vega, 43 years, Oxnard resident; Lea Davis, 49 years, Camarillo Resident
VEHICLES:                              Black '07 Dodge Charger, Blue '03 Ford Expedition, Silver '07 Toyota Camry
PREPARED BY:  Senior Officer Maria Pena, Traffic Collision Investigator
 Senior Officer Maria Pena, 805-385-7750,

 On May 24, 2013, at about 8:47 P.M., officers and EMS responded to an injury traffic collision involving a vehicle and an Amtrak train on Rose Avenue just north of SR-34 (Fifth Street). Upon arrival, officers found that a black Dodge Charger had been struck by an Amtrak train and the debris from the collision had damaged a blue Ford Expedition and a silver Toyota Camry. Officers also found a male in the Dodge unconscious.
Preliminary investigation indicates that the Dodge, driven by a male in his 70s, was stopped southbound on Rose Avenue on rail road tracks just north of SR-34 (Fifth Street). The Amtrak train was traveling westbound on the railroad tracks towards Rose Avenue. The Ford, driven by Vera Olivia Vega was stopped at a red light in the number one left turn lane from SR-34 (Fifth Street) to northbound Rose Avenue. The Toyota, driven by Lea Davis, was stopped eastbound on SR-34 (Fifth Street) just west of Rose Avenue.
As the Amtrak train approached the railroad crossing at Rose Avenue, the bells and lights for the railroad crossing arms were activated. For unknown reasons, the Dodge remained stopped on the tracks when it was struck by the Amtrak train.
The male driver of the Dodge was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision. Driver Vega and Davis were not injured as a result of the collision. There were no reported injuries among the passengers on the Amtrak train.
It is unknown if drugs or alcohol were a factor in the collision.
If anyone has information about this collision, please contact Senior Officer Maria Peña at
805-385-7750. The investigation is ongoing.
DATE / TIME PREPARED:  May 25, 2013, 4:00 a.m.   


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