THOUSAND OAKS, California – Driver Floriene Hamel was struck and killed Monday by the driver of a Ford Expedition after making a left-hand turn in front of the car on Lynn Road, according to a report by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office.
Hamel, 90, of Newbury Park, was driving her 1998 Nissan Altima southbound on Ventu Park Road prior to making the turn in front of the 2000 Ford Expedition. The driver of the Ford, Wendi Elene Tovey, 43, of Newbury Park, was carrying seven passengers. The passengers were all nine-year-old boys she was bringing home from an event in Simi Valley. There were no significant injuries to Tovey or the children.
Hamel was transported to Los Robles Hospital where she was later pronounced dead. here were no significant injuries to any of the children. The collision is currently under investigation.
Fatal car accidents are on the decline in California. Recent statistics show that fatal traffic accidents were down 12% to 2,715 deaths in 2010 compared to 3,090 killed in 2009, according to statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Additionally, national statistics show that traffic fatalities have declined in recent years across the United States, down roughly 3% to 32,885 deaths in 2010 compared to 33,883 killed in 2009.
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