Car Hits Members of Ventura County Search and Rescue Team Killing 1, Injuring 3
VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. (Feb. 4, 2019) — Marshall Laminen and Brian Alcantar remained in hospital Monday night after suffering major injuries in a collision Saturday morning that took the life of a fellow Search and Rescue Team member, Jeff Dye, 50, of Thousand Oaks.
UPDATE: Joe Martinez, also part of the Search and Rescue Team, was also hurt in the crash.
The weekend crash took place on the Interstate 5 Freeway when a driver veered off the roadway and crashed into members of the volunteer rescue group assisting Rito Ruiz, 63, of Canoga Park, who was involved in an earlier collision near Pyramid Lake.
Dye, who is a member of the Ventura County sheriff’s Fillmore search-and-rescue team, had been traveling with Laminen and Alcantar to a training session at Mount Pinos, above Frazier Park in Kern County, police said.
As they drove north on the Interstate 5, they noticed there was a collision on the freeway in the median so they stopped to assist. Meanwhile, an oncoming Ford Expedition SUV plowed into the SAR team members. Oscar Rodriguez, 42, of Los Angeles, was driving the Expedition, but was not injured. He was taken to a hospital with his passenger to be checked out.
The two most critically injured, Marshall Laminen and Brian Alcantar, were taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital where they remained on Monday night. The third team member suffered minor injuries and was later discharged from the hospital. Ruiz also suffered major injuries and was taken to Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital in Santa Clarita.
The fatal crash took place about 7:30 a.m. near Vista Del Lago Road.
The California Highway Patrol is heading up the investigation into the fatal crash, police said.