Oxnard man pleads not guilty in wrong-way DUI crash on 101 in Ventura that killed two, PLUS other stories » News Talk 1590 KVTA


Tuesday June 11, 2024

(File photo above is courtesy of CHP)

Updated–The man accused by the CHP in a DUI-related wrong-way driving crash that killed two people on the 101 Freeway in Ventura last weekend appeared in court Tuesday to be arraigned.

Evan Bouchard, 21, of Oxnard, has entered not guilty pleas to two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated plus other DUI-related charges, and he denied several special charges.

The accident happened around 2:30 am on Saturday morning, June 8e on NB 101 north of Seaward Avenue.

The CHP says they received a flurry of 9-1-1 calls reporting a VW Jetta traveling approximately 80 miles per hour SB in the NB lanes around State Beaches.

Bouchard, who was driving the VW, allegedly crashed into the Nissan Versa while driving NB north of Seaward Avenue.

The driver and passenger in the NB Nissan, two Santa Barbara men aged 55 and 52, died at the scene.

Bouchard was not seriously injured and was arrested.

As of Tuesday afternoon, Bouchard remained in jail on $120,000 bond.




Ventura Street and Bardsdale Avenue

The CHP says another fatal crash occurred on Saturday.

This occurred around 6:20 PM in the unincorporated area across the Santa Clara River from Fillmore.

The CHP says a 2002 Honda Accord was traveling south on Ventura Street and approached a stop sign at Bardsdale Avenue.

At the same time, a 2023 Jeep Wagoneer was traveling east on Bardsdale approaching Ventura Street when it widened the passenger side of the Honda, causing extensive damage to both vehicles.

The driver of the Honda, an 86-year-old Fillmore man, was taken to VCMC with serious injuries, where he died a few hours later.

The driver of the Jeep and her four passengers, all family members and all from Santa Paula, suffered minor injuries and did not need to be taken to the hospital.

The CHP says it does not believe alcohol or drugs were involved in the crash at this time.


Grand jury report Housing

The Ventura County Grand Jury is issuing a report on complaints they have received about the difficult and lengthy process of obtaining a building permit in the cities of Oxnard and Ventura.

The Grand Jury says their investigation found that both cities failed to adhere to state-mandated timelines in scheduling hearings for multi-unit housing projects, and that Oxnard also failed to adhere to state-mandated timelines for approving permits for alternative housing units (ADUs) or what used to be called “granny flats.”

The Grand Jury says this all happened because both cities failed to meet their regional housing needs between 2014 and 2021.

The panel found that the difficulty and delays in such projects depend on their complexity.

Major housing projects can take years due to land use guidelines, other laws, environmental regulations, public hearings and having to get detailed plan reviews by various city departments.

Because an ADU is much less involved, this should take less time and effort.

It blames the problems on employee turnover and shortages, software problems and inadequacies in the approval process.

But the grand jury also says both cities have tried to improve the situation.

The Grand Jury made several recommendations to help them continue to improve. You can find these in their full report.



Two teenage boys from Ventura have been found guilty in juvenile court of the armed robbery of a woman on the bike path at Ventura State Beach earlier this year.

The 14- and 17-year-olds were charged with second-degree robbery and one of them also faced a special charge of using a firearm.

On April 23, the 41-year-old Ventura woman was walking on the path near Harbor Boulevard and San Jon Road when the youths came up on their electric bicycles.

One of them waved a pretend ghost or non-serial gun at her and demanded her bag.

She complied and the teens rode their bikes west, but were caught about a half hour later by a Ventura patrol officer in the 400 block of North Ventura Avenue.

The woman’s property has been confiscated and the minor’s weapon has been confiscated.

The youth remain in custody at the Juvenile Justice Center pending resolution of their cases, which is the juvenile court version of a conviction.

That will be in July.


PCH 01 2022

Caltrans says they have finally completed that nearly three-year, $56 million project in Ventura County to restore eroded slopes along the ocean or the southern side of the Pacific Coast Highway.

It involved installing two so-called secant or retaining walls south of Sycamore Canyon Road.

But even though they have one lane open in each direction with wide shoulders, there will be one-way traffic control on weekdays from 9am to 2pm until the rock mesh on the hill is removed.


Schreiber Bronson

A Ventura County man has been sentenced to one year and four months in prison after pleading guilty to possessing and distributing child sexual abuse material.

Prosecutors say 29-year-old Bronson Schreiber of Thousand Oaks also admitted to possessing more than 600 of these images.

In addition to the prison sentence, Schreiber must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

In July last year, authorities served a search warrant at his home and found 680 videos and 570 images of children that were considered child sexual abuse material.

They say he would pose as a child online to distribute or solicit such material from minors.

They say he even used Wi-Fi at a sober living facility in Oxnard, where he was sent after being arrested on three DUI charges and a hit-and-run.