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One Dead, One Seriously Injured In South Coast Crash

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CHP officers say driver arrested on vehicular manslaughter, DUI charges

A Ventura County man has been arrested is facing manslaughter and DUI charges following a car crash which left one person dead, and a second seriously injured.

It happened at about 3:30 a.m. yesterday, in Ventura. A southbound car was getting off Highway 101 at the West Main Street offramp when it went of the road. It rolled down a dirt embankment.

A passenger in the front seat of the car was pronounced dead at the scene. CHP investigators identified him as Andrew Felix Mejia of Moorpark. A passenger in the rear seat was seriously injured.

The man identified as the driver, Arnulfo Rodriguez Junior, was arrested. Officers say the 25-year-old Moorpark man is facing felony gross vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence charges.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.