OXNARD : Man Dies Day After Car Plunges Off PCH

A 27-year-old Oxnard man whose car plunged over the edge of Pacific Coast Highway to the cliffs below died Saturday at St. John’s Regional Medical Center of internal and head injuries.

Jose Luis Flores, who was arrested at the scene on suspicion of drunk driving, died about 2:30 p.m. in the hospital’s intensive care unit. An autopsy will be performed today, said Craig Stevens, a Ventura County senior deputy coroner.

Florez plummeted off the road Friday afternoon after losing control of his car south of Sycamore Cove near Leo Carrillo State Beach, authorities said.

According to officials, Florez was attempting to pass a car on his left while traveling north on the four-lane highway at about 75 m.p.h.


After running onto the road’s dirt shoulder, he lost control of the car, spinning across the northbound lanes and into the southbound lanes before hitting a dirt embankment and ricocheting over the edge of the cliffs.

Florez, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the car. He was taken by helicopter to St. John’s Regional Medical Center.