Port Hueneme Man Arrested after Fatal DUI Crash near Olive Mill Offramp

MONTECITO, CA (August 17, 2023) – Early Sunday morning, a suspected DUI crash on Highway 101 killed Louis Hernandez Jr. and injured four others. The deadly collision happened around 3:10 a.m. at the southbound lanes of 101, just north of the Olive Mill offramp. According to CHP, a 2019 Toyota Camry collided with a 2002 Mercury SUV, sending the SUV down an embankment. Responding emergency personnel rushed the SUV driver, described to be an elderly woman, to Cottage Hospital for serious injuries. Unfortunately, the male SUV passenger was ejected from the vehicle and died at the scene. Authorities identified the deceased victim as 77-year-old Louis Hernandez Jr. of Santa Paula. Meanwhile, the driver of the Camry, Ricki Newton, aged 22 from Port Hueneme, sustained minor injuries, as did his two female passengers. The CHP also arrested and booked Newton at the county jail for felony DUI and vehicular manslaughter. Anyone with additional information about the crash is asked to call the CHP Santa Barbara office at (805) 967-1234.
No words can mend the broken hearts and sorrow felt during this delicate moment. Deepest condolences and sympathies are with the family and friends of Louis Hernandez Jr.
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