THOUSAND OAKS : Alcohol Cited in Fatal Car Crash
A 17-year-old Thousand Oaks youth who died last week after his car plunged off a winding mountain road was driving under the influence of alcohol, a Los Angeles County coroner’s official said Wednesday.
Test results showed that Clint Raynor had a blood alcohol level of 0.18%, which is more than twice the legal limit of 0.08%, said Bob Dambacher, a coroner’s spokesman.
Dambacher said Raynor and a passenger, Frederick Krumm, also 17, died Aug. 6 of massive head and bodily injuries after the car Raynor was driving plunged 150 feet off a hill near Decker Road.
Tests showed that Krumm had not been drinking, Dambacher said.
The two Westlake High School students were headed toward Thousand Oaks from the beach when the accident occurred about 11:15 p.m.
California Highway Patrol officials said Raynor veered off the road after hitting a signpost while attempting to pass two other cars on Decker Road just south of Westlake Village.
A third teen-ager involved in the accident, Michael Sharkey, 16, is still hospitalized at Westlake Medical Center, a nursing supervisor said. His condition was upgraded to serious, but he remains in the hospital’s intensive care unit.