Thousand Oaks, CA | Fatal Traffic Collision

Nature of Incident: Fatal Traffic Collision

Report Number: 21-116207

Location: Hillcrest Dr. West of Citation Way

Date & Time: September 1, 2021, 10:09 p.m.

 Unit(s) Responsible: Thousand Oaks Police Department – Traffic Bureau

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent              City of Residence     Age

(D) Casanova, Mario Chi                                             Thousand Oaks         19

Narrative: On September 1, 2021 at about 10:09 pm, the Thousand Oaks Police Department and the Ventura County Fire Department responded to a solo vehicle injury traffic collision on Hillcrest Drive west of Citation Way. Upon arrival, deputies discovered the driver along with four other occupants lying on the ground near the wrecked vehicle. The driver as well as all the passengers sustained serious injuries. The driver and two passengers were transported to Los Robles Hospital and the other two passengers were transported to Ventura County Medical Center. One of the transported passengers was treated by medical personnel but unfortunately succumbed to his injuries.

The initial investigation revealed the vehicle was traveling westbound on Hillcrest Drive at a high rate of speed as it left the roadway and collided with a tree just west of Citation Way.

The cause of the collision is under investigation by the Thousand Oaks Police Department Traffic Bureau. As of now, it appears speed was a contributing factor. Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact Deputy Jason Cashmark at (805) 373-2311.

Prepared by: Sergeant Dennis Sliva

News Release Date: September 2, 2021

Media Follow-Up Contact: Sergeant Dennis Sliva [email protected] (805) 494-8246

Approved by: Commander Jeremy Paris

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I was at the accident site right after it occurred. I called 911. Stayed until police and ambulance arrived. There were 3 bodies outside the car and 2 inside. A witness said the car was driving very fast and passed him and seconds later they were flipped and thrown out of the car. Literally worst thing I’ve ever seen. I pray the other young men will recover.