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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.

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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.


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