Wrong-way Driver at 100 MPH Kills 3


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This was the scene early Thursday after a car crash left three people dead on southbound



Thursday Morning Near Ventura



Thursday July 27, 2017 at approximately 12:03 A.M., a fatal traffic collision occurred on the Ventura Freeway. Involved were a 2008 Toyota Scion and a 2011 Nissan Versa, on the southbound US-101 Ventura Freeway, north of the State Route-126 (Santa Paula Freeway) in Ventura, California.

Previously two minutes before, a California Highway Patrol Officer was exiting the southbound US-101 at Oxnard Boulevard, and observed a black Toyota Scion traveling wrong way (northbound) from Oxnard Boulevard, onto the US-101 southbound.


The California Highway Patrolman exited the freeway and entered the northbound, US-101 from Oxnard Boulevard, attemptng to keep pace with the Toyota from the northbound side. The Patrolman began attempting to get additional units into position to safely stop the Toyota. The Toyota continued traveling wrong-way on the US-101 at a high rate of speed-close to 100 miles per hour.    


The Toyota Scion was driven by a male driver, later identified to be age 34, from Santa Paula, California.   

The southbound driver, later to be identified to be age 25, from Riverside California, was driving a white 2011 Nissan Versa, on southbound US-101 (Ventura Freeway) in the #1 lane, north of SR-126 (Santa Paula Freeway) along with a female passenger, age 28, out of Lake Elsinore.

The Toyota Scion collided head-on with the Nissan Versa; resulting in both vehicles sustaining major damage as a result of the collision.

The Toyota Scion male driver was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Ventura Fire Emergency Responders. The male driver and right front female passenger of the Nissan Versa were also pronounced deceased on scene. 

Identities of all the parties involved are not releasable at this time, pending next of kin notification.

The early Thursday morning collision is under investigation by the Ventura Area CHP Office. Anyone who witnessed or has information regarding the collision is asked to call the Ventura Area California Highway Patrol at (805) 662-2640.