Passenger Killed, Driver Arrested on DUI Charges Highway 118 Crash (Los Angeles Avenue)
SATICOY, Calif. (October 18, 2018) – Jose Jesus Medina Cruz, 42, of Santa Paula, has been identified as the passenger killed in a traffic collision involving a semi truck on Highway 118 (Los Angeles Avenue), according to Ventura County Star.
Cruz was a passenger in a car driven by Castro Margarito, 28, also of Santa Paula. The accident happened on Wednesday, Oct. 10th at 1:40 p.m at Vineyard Avenue.
Deadly Saticoy Truck Accident
The car crashed head-on into the semitrailer in a left-turn lane in front of a State Ready Mix gravel yard, police said. Cruz died of his injuries at the scene, but Margarito suffered moderate injuries and was transported by ambulance to Ventura County Medical Center.
Police arrested Margarito on suspicion of felony driving under the influence causing injury and he may also face vehicular manslaughter for the death of his passenger.
There were no reported injuries to the truck driver.
Witnesses are urged to contact the CHP at 805-662-2640.
Our condolences go out to the family of Mr. Cruz as they cope with this tragedy.