Here is a roundup of recent incidents and announcements from Ventura County agencies:
Woman survives train strike
SIMI VALLEY — A 50-year-old woman was struck by an Amtrak train in Simi Valley on Wednesday morning after attempting to cross the tracks, officials said.
At approximately 10:20 a.m., the woman attempted to ram the train onto the tracks in the 1700 block of Los Angeles Avenue. The train cut her off, knocking her off the tracks, Simi Valley Police Cmdr said. John Adamczyk.
The train was traveling at approximately 65 mph. The train stopped while authorities arrived to investigate and clear the scene.
When officers arrived, the woman, described as a passenger, was conscious and had injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening, police officials said. She was transported to Los Robles Regional Medical Center.
No one on the train was injured.
Driver dies days after collision
SIMI VALLEY — An 87-year-old woman succumbed to her injuries on Tuesday after crashing into a tree in Simi Valley last week, officials said.
The Simi Valley Police Department responded to the single vehicle crash near the intersection of Wood Ranch Parkway and Long Canyon Road on April 20.
The woman, Gerry Kuykendall of Simi Valley, was conscious at the time of the crash, police said.
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According to Kuykendall’s statements, her purse had fallen on the passenger seat. As she attempted to get the purse upright, she drifted off the road and hit the tree, officials said.
Kuykendall succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday, police officials said.
The rescue involves an overnight stay
VENTURA COUNTY — Ventura County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue volunteers spent a rainy and cold night with a stranded hiker last week before he could be rescued after dawn, officials said. responsible.
The 64-year-old was hiking in the Los Padres National Forest about 3 miles east of the Santa Paula Creek Punch Bowls area when he called for help around 8 p.m. on April 21. He was tired and faced a 5 hour hike. to his vehicle, officials said. A rainstorm moved through the area that night and temperatures dropped below 50 degrees after sunset.
A county helicopter responded, but the crew could not find the hiker. The weather conditions raised concerns about his well-being.
The Sheriff’s Upper Ojai Search and Rescue Team was activated around 9:15 p.m., with five members responding to the trailhead in Santa Paula Canyon. They hiked about 6 miles into the canyon and found the hiker around 2 a.m., providing him with supplies to keep warm. The team camped with the hiker until sunrise.
The helicopter returned after 6 a.m. and took the hiker, who was uninjured, to the trailhead, where he met a family member, officials said.
Separately, Ventura County and City of Los Angeles firefighters responded to a rescue on the night of April 22 in the Bell Canyon area to report a hiker in distress near Munits Cave, near the edge of the county.
A helicopter crew located the hiker, described as a 25-year-old man, who allegedly suffered severe trauma in a 100ft fall. A Ventura County sheriff’s official said Saturday the incident was primarily handled by the Los Angeles Fire Department, with the patient airlifted to a Los Angeles County hospital. No hiker status updates were available.
Increase in car thefts in the Conejo Valley
THOUSAND OAKS — Reports of stolen vehicles have increased in Thousand Oaks this year, authorities said, prompting residents to remind residents to take common sense precautions to avoid auto theft.
Since the start of 2022, the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office has responded to 29 stolen vehicles and five attempts, officials said. The agency is contracted to provide policing services in Thousand Oaks.
The highest percentage is for Fords and Hondas, officials said, although other models were taken.
“There is no pattern as to when crimes occur,” officials wrote in a statement.
The thefts took place night and day, weekdays and weekends. The crimes appear to be opportunistic or for transportation, officials said.
Authorities reminded residents to always lock vehicles and never leave a spare key or valuables inside. Deterrents, including alarms, anti-theft devices, and immobilizers that help prevent “hot-wiring” are also options.
Residents who see suspicious activity can report it to the sheriff’s non-emergency line at 805-654-9511. For emergencies, dial 911.
Cytlalli Salgado is a breaking news reporter for the Ventura County Star. She can be reached by calling 805-437-0257 or emailing [email protected].