A pedestrian was killed in a fatal car crash on Highway 101 in Ventura earlier this week. The crash on Highway 101 occurred early on the morning of Tuesday, September 28. It was reported to the authorities at around 12:35 a.m.
According to the details shared by the California Highway Patrol, the deceased was identified as Jose Perez, 40, of Oxnard. Perez was walking in the southbound lanes of Highway 101 when a car hit him. The collision happened just south of Garden Street.
Jose Perez suffered fatal injuries in the accident. As the crash was reported, first responders and paramedics rushed to the location. However, attempts to save Perez failed. He succumbed to the injuries sustained in the collision and was pronounced deceased on the scene.
The vehicle involved in the collision was a Honda Civic. The driver of the Civic remained on the scene of the accident following the crash. He cooperated with the authorities as on-site investigations were conducted. CHP identified the Civic driver only as a 26-year-old man from Port Hueneme.
Preliminary investigations confirm that the driver was not driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. This rules out the two common factors typically involved in pedestrian accidents.
CHP continues to investigate the incident. The focus of the investigations at this point is to determine why Perez was walking in the fast lane on southbound Highway 101. Authorities are seeking help from any individuals who may have witnessed the event.
In crashes like these, it is possible to recover compensation for pedestrian accidents when driver negligence is involved. Injured victims can seek these damages with the help of a California car accident lawyer. For deceased victims, the families and heirs can file a wrongful death lawsuit for fair compensation.