Driver Dies After Pickup Hits Tree

A 28-year-old man was killed after he lost control of his pickup truck and slammed into a tree in Thousand Oaks, the Ventura County Sheriff's Department reported Sunday.

The accident occurred at 11:45 p.m. Saturday as Del Ferguson and a companion, Lisa Cardomone, 27, were returning from a wedding reception, said Sgt. Bruce Hansen. Cardomone suffered minor injuries.

Hansen said Ferguson turned off the Ventura Freeway onto Lynn Road. A witness told deputies that Ferguson, of Thousand Oaks, ran a red light and lost control of his vehicle, striking a tree in the center divider.

Ferguson, who was thrown out of his truck, was pronounced dead on arrival at Los Robles Medical Center, Hansen said.

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