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Shock in Ventura County over death of the chair of the Ventura County Board of Supervisors

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There's shock in the community over word that Ventura County Supervisor Carmen Ramirez was struck, and fatally injured by a SUV Friday night.

Carmen Ramirez struck and fatally injured by SUV in Oxnard.

There's shock in Ventura County over word that a longtime community leader has died.

Ventura County Supervisor Carmen Ramirez was struck, and fatally injured by a SUV Friday night. Oxnard Police say it happened just before 7 p.m., at the intersection of Seventh and A Streets. Investigators say Ramirez was crossing the street in a crosswalk when she was hit by the vehicle, which was westbound on Seventh Street.

The Oxnard woman died a short time later at a hospital. The driver of the SUV stopped at the scene. Investigators say they are still trying to determine what led to the fatal collision.

Ramirez worked for years as a legal aid attorney serving the county's low income community. She served as an Oxnard City Councilwoman for a decade. Then in 2020, she was elected to the Ventura County Board of Supervisors. She was the current chair of the board.

Remembrances have been pouring in over the weekend from friends, colleagues, and other community leaders who praised her for her dedication in giving a voice to the region's underserved residents.

There's no word yet on funeral plans. Ramirez was 73 years old.

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.