News release - 6/4/2014

Published 6/4/2014 (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 (Train/Vehicle)
DATE/TIME: June 3, 2014 / 1926 Hours
LOCATION: Rice Avenue at Fifth Street 
VICTIM(S): Joel Anthony Arias, 20 years, Oxnard Resident
Male, 19 years, Oxnard Resident
(Name withheld pending next of kin notification)
VEHICLE 1:             Black, 2004 Infiniti G35                                                                                                                                                                            
PREPARED BY: Brian Woolley, Traffic Sergeant, (805) 385-7847
Senior Officer Maria Peña (805) 385-7750

On June 3, 2014, at about 7:26 P.M., officers from the Oxnard Police Department and EMS responded to the intersection of Rice Avenue and Fifth Street in reference to an injury collision involving a vehicle and an Amtrak passenger train.
Preliminary investigation indicates that the black, Infiniti G35, driven by Joel Anthony Arias, was traveling southbound on Rice Avenue approaching the intersection of Fifth Street.  Witnesses reported that the Infiniti had been traveling at a high rate of speed prior to the collision.  The train was traveling eastbound on the railroad tracks.  For an unknown reason, the vehicle failed to stop for the downed railroad crossing arms, entered the railroad crossing and collided into the front of the train.  As the train approached the intersection, the bells and lights for the railroad crossing arms were activated.  The train’s horn was also audible.  
Driver Arias and his passenger, a 19 year old male, were pronounced dead at the scene.  There were no reported injuries among the 92 passengers and 14 crew members on the Amtrak train.  The train consisted of two locomotives and 11 passenger cars.  
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 continuing.

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