News release - 1/26/2014

Published 1/26/2014 (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: 1-26-14 / 0209 hours
LOCATION: Rose Avenue south of Raiders Way
PARTY 1: Policarpio Diaz, 29 years, Oxnard resident
PARTY 2: Geralald Zoleta Garcia, 43 years, Oxnard resident
WITNESS(ES): Withheld
VEHICLE 1: Black, 2000 Volkswagen GTI
VEHICLE 2: Blue, Custom Bicycle
PREPARED BY: Officer Derek Miller, Traffic Officer
Senior Officer Maria Pena, (805) 385-7750,


On 1-26-14, at 2:09 A.M., officers and EMS personnel responded to the intersection of Rose Avenue and Raiders Way in reference to an injury traffic collision involving a bicyclist. When they arrived on scene, they located the bicyclist, Gerald Garcia, lying in the roadway.

Preliminary investigation indicated that a Volkswagen GTI was traveling southbound on Rose Avenue. Two bicylists, one of them Gerald Garcia, were riding southbound on Rose Avenue in the bicycle lane. According to a witness, for unknown reasons the GTI was traveling in the bicycle lane. The GTI collided with the rear of the bicycle being ridden by Garcia. Garcia was ejected from the bicyle. The GTI fled the scene of the collision with the bicycle still stuck underneath.

With the assistance of witnesses, officers were able to quickly locate the suspect vehicle and the bicycle a short distance away. The GTI was driven by Policarpio Diaz, 29 years, Oxnard resident. Diaz was the sole occupant of the vehicle and displayed objective symptomology of being under the influence of alcohol. Diaz was arrested and booked into Ventura County Jail for Felony DUI, Felony Hit and Run, Felony Vehicular Manslauther, and two outstanding misdemeanor DUI warrants.

Garcia suffered fatal injuries as a result of the collision.

If anyone has information about this collision, please contact Senior Officer Maria Pena at (805) 385-7750. The investigation is on-going.

Date / Time Prepared: January 26, 2014, at 0700 hours

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