News release - 1/25/2014

Published 1/25/2014 (all press releases for this day)

Jeri Williams
Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief



INCIDENT: Fatal Traffic Collision
DATE/TIME: January 25, 2014 / 1657 hours
LOCATION: Ventura Road south of Ivywood Drive
PARTY 1: David Jonathan Faalevao, 38 years, Ventura Resident 
VEHICLE 1: White, 2007 Ford Expedition
PREPARED BY: Sergeant Brian Woolley, Traffic Sergeant
Senior Officer Maria Peña (805) 385-7750

On January 25, 2014, at about 4:57 P.M., officers from the Oxnard Police Department and EMS personnel responded to intersection of Ventura Road and Ivywood Drive in reference to an injury traffic collision involving a single vehicle. 
Preliminary investigation indicates that a Ford Expedition, driven by David Jonathan Faalevao, was traveling southbound on Ventura Road and stopped for the red light in the left turn pocket at Ivywood Drive.  According to witnesses and for an unknown reason, the vehicle started to slowly drift into the intersection and veer to the left while the traffic signal was still red.  The vehicle then suddenly accelerated rapidly southbound on Ventura Road in the northbound lanes.  After traveling a few hundred feet, the Expedition collided with a large tree and hedges that line the frontage road of Ventura Road from the northbound lanes.  The collision caused the vehicle to flip onto its right side.  Faalevao was the only occupant in the Expedition and no other vehicles were involved in the crash.     
Firefighters from the Oxnard Fire Department arrived on scene and extricated Faalevao from the vehicle.  Faalevao suffered fatal injuries as a result of the collision and was pronounced dead at the scene.    
If anyone has information about this collision, please contact Senior Officer Maria Peña at
(805) 385-7750.  The investigation is ongoing.  

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