Two Carpinteria residents are killed in a
rollover accident on Highway 1 in Ventura County.
The accident happened just before 3:00 p.m. Wednesday on northbound Highway
1 near Hueneme Road.
The California Highway Patrol says a brother and sister, 27-year-old Luis
Guzman and 22-year-old Cecilia Guzman, died when the Hummer H2 they were
riding in rolled over several times, ejecting them. The CHP says they
suspect that neither were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash.
Luis Guzman was pronounced dead at the scene. Cecilia Guzman died at a
hospital in Oxnard several hours later.
The driver suffered minor injuries, and two other passengers who were wearing
their seatbelts suffered little to no injuries.
The crash is still under investigation, but drugs or alcohol are not suspected.
The accident caused the closure of northbound Highway 1 for several hours.
Below is a press release from the CHP.
PRESS RELEASE from the California Highway Patrol
On June 17, 2009 at approximately 2:55 p.m. a solo vehicle roll-over collision
involving a 2005 Hummer H2 occurred on SR-1 (Pacific Coast Highway) just
north of the Hueneme Road under crossing. The collision resulted in the
death of a brother and sister identified as Luis Guzman, 27 years of age,
and Cecilia Guzman, 22 years of age, both from Carpinteria, CA.
Anthony Borrello, 24 years of age from Carpinteria, along with his four
passengers, was traveling northbound on PCH in Borrelo's 2005 Hummer
H2, at an undetermined speed. For unknown reasons, the vehicle drifted
off of the roadway and onto the right shoulder of PCH, just north of Hueneme
Road. The vehicle then traveled out of control back into the traffic lanes
and into the center median where it rolled over several times. The vehicle
eventually came to rest on its wheels within the median. Luis and Cecilia
Guzman, both of whom were sitting to the rear, were ejected from the vehicle
as it was rolling over. It is suspected that neither one of them was wearing
their seatbelt at the time.
Emergency personnel from the California Highway Patrol and the Ventura
County Fire Department responded to the scene immediately after the collision
occurred. Luis Guzman was pronounced deceased at the scene a short time
later. Cecilia Guzman was transported by ambulance to St. John's Hospital
in Oxnard but did not survive her injuries. She was pronounced deceased
several hours later. The remaining passengers, identified as Peter Aguilar
(26 years of age from Carpinteria) and Pedro Ramirez (24 years of age
from Oxnard) were wearing their seatbelts and suffered little to no injuries.
The driver, Anthony Borrello, reportedly suffered only minor injuries.
The collision forced the closure of the northbound traffic lanes within
the immediate area for over three hours. Special investigators from the
California Highway Patrol responded to the scene in order to document
evidence and to gather clues to help determine the cause of the collision.
It was determined at the scene that Borrello was not under the influence
of drugs or alcohol prior to the incident. The collision is still under
investigation by the California Highway Patrol.
Source: KSBY-TC 06/18/09
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