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Two Carpinteria Residents Killed in Highway 1 Rollover

Two Carpinteria Residents Killed in Highway 1 Rollover

Posted By The Dunnion Law Firm || 23-Jun-2009

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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