Driver, 81, Hits Light Standard, Is Killed
An 81-year-old Agoura man died Thursday after crashing his sport utility vehicle into a light standard at Kanan and Deerhill roads in Oak Park, the California Highway Patrol reported.
Manuel Sanchez was pronounced dead at 2:50 p.m., about seven minutes after he arrived by ambulance at Los Robles Regional Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, Ventura County deputy coroner James Baroni said.
Drugs and alcohol were not believed to have been involved and there were no outward signs of trauma to the body, Baroni said. An autopsy was scheduled this morning, he added.
Sanchez’s daughter told coroner’s officials that funeral arrangements were pending.
Sanchez had been grocery shopping and was driving north on Kanan Road in his 1995 blue Toyota 4Runner when the crash occurred in a residential neighborhood about 2:15 p.m., CHP Officer Steven Reid said.
After passing through the intersection at Deerhill Road, Sanchez slammed into a light standard on the northeast curb of the intersection, Reid said. The impact smashed in Sanchez’s front end about 3 feet, Baroni said.
Sanchez had been wearing a seat belt, Baroni said. There were no skid marks and no immediate indications why he lost control, Reid said.
The crash did not close any of Kanan Road’s four lanes.