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Ventura man arrested, accused of causing a hit-and-run crash

A 48-year-old Ventura man, who had reportedly fled the Los Angeles area after causing a fatal crash in July, was taken into custody by U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents on Wednesday, Aug. 30. He was later turned over to California Highway Patrol, who transported him to the Ventura County Jail for booking later that afternoon.

According to witnesses, the man had been seen driving his Audi S5 northbound along Highway 101 in Ventura shortly before midnight on the evening of July 6. It's alleged that not long after that, he crashed into rear of a 69-year-old Ojai resident's car at an excessive rate of speed.

It's believed that the impact of the crash caused the Ventura resident to lose control of his vehicle, which in turn, sent it careening into a guardrail on the side of the road. The car ultimately overturned and landed on its side. It's then that the defendant reportedly exited his car and took off on foot.

As for the man that he struck, he was transported to the Ventura County Medical Center with serious injuries. He died early in the morning on July 7. Aside from decedent, the crash seriously injured a male passenger that had been riding in the defendant's car as well.

By the time police investigators attempted to search the defendant's home the day following the crash, he'd already moved out. Police report that they believe he was being aided by friends and family while on the lam for several months.

Now that he's in police custody, he's been charged with several felony counts including hit and run with injury and vehicular homicide. If convicted of these crimes, he could face as much as 11 years in prison.

If you've been seriously injured in a vehicle collision and you're looking to better understand your rights to reimbursement for medical expenses and lost wages, then a Cypress, California, car accident attorney can help.

Source: Ventura County Star, "Hunt for Ventura man sought in fatal hit-and-run crash ends at LAX," Christian Martinez, Aug. 30, 2017

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