Investigators say sun might be factor in traffic accident causing death of Ventura County leader
Oxnard Police say alcohol and drugs weren't involved.
Investigators say the sun might have played a key factor in a traffic accident which fatally injured a Ventura County supervisor.
Carmen Ramirez was struck, and fatally injured by an SUV as she was crossing West Seventh Street in Oxnard August 12. Oxnard Police say she was in the crosswalk at the time.
Traffic investigators say the 38-year-old man driving the SUV tested negative for alcohol and drugs. He stopped at the scene of the accident, and cooperated with authorities. The driver was headed directly towards the setting sun, and they think the sun or glare might have impacted the driver’s visibility.
Ramirez served on the Oxnard City Council for a decade, and was the chair of the Ventura County Board of Supervisors. There’s no word yet on funeral plans.