Jose Alejandro Sanchez-Ramirez (DOB 9/26/60), of Yuma, Arizona, was sentenced to 3 years probation and 30 days in the Ventura County jail. Sanchez-Ramirez had previously pled guilty to misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter. The charge stems from the February 24, 2015, Metrolink grade-crossing collision and train derailment in Oxnard, in which train engineer Glenn William Steele was killed and others were injured.
Sanchez-Ramirez was southbound on Rice Avenue approaching 5th Street in Oxnard at approximately 5:30 a.m. after traveling from Arizona. He made a right turn short of the intersection onto the railroad tracks and continued driving his truck towing a trailer until it became immobilized. Sanchez-Ramirez abandoned his vehicle and did not notify authorities of his predicament.
The case was investigated by the Oxnard Police Department in conjunction with the National Transportation Safety Board.
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