Woman Dies In DUI-Related Pursuit

The Ventura County Star reported recently on the death of a 23-year-old Oxnard woman in a single-vehicle car accident while being pursued by law enforcement in a DUI-related pursuit on Wednesday, September 23. 

According to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office and other sources, the incident occurred early Wednesday morning around 1:00 a.m., when troopers from the Ventura office of the California Highway Patrol began a pursuit in the Oxnard area after observing a sedan traveling at a high rate of speed. Via observation, officers believed the driver was operating under the influence of intoxicants or narcotics. 

The California Highway Patrol units lost sight of the car while it was eastbound on Highway 118, according to a spokesperson from the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, and the pursuit was terminated, However, a sheriff’s deputy and several troopers from the California Highway Patrol’s Moorpark office re-engaged pursuit after spotting the car on Highway 118 at Grimes Canyon Road. 

The pursuit went through Moorpark until the driver lost control, making a right turn at Los Angeles Avenue and White Sage Road near the on-ramp to Highway 23. The vehicle tumbled down a 100-foot embankment, crashing at the bottom. Ventura County Sheriff’s deputies, Ventura County firefighters and an American Medical Response paramedic pronounced the woman dead once climbing down to the bottom of the embankment.

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