by Cindy Summers
Police reports are provided to us by the Ventura Police Department and are not the opinions of the Ventura Breeze. All suspects mentioned are assumed to be innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Fatal Hit and Run Investigation
On November 3, at 3:34 pm, Ventura Police Collision Investigators and Street Crime Unit Detectives arrested 30-year-old Oxnard resident Frank Godinez Estanol III as the suspect driver in the fatal collision that occurred on April 10 in the area of Thompson Blvd. and Ash St. Estanol was charged with felony hit and run causing death and failure to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. He was booked at the Ventura County Jail with a bail of $100,000 while he is awaiting further court proceedings.
On April 10, at approximately 12:30 am, the Ventura Police Department Command Center received a call regarding an injured male lying on his back in the area of Thompson Blvd., and Ash St. Ventura Police Patrol Officers responded and found an unconscious 30-year-old male with a head injury. Paramedics arrived shortly after officers and pronounced the male dead at the scene.
During the investigation, officers determined that the victim was walking north across Thompson Blvd. at the intersection with Ash St. and was struck by a silver sedan traveling westbound. The vehicle fled the area after the collision and was not located. The Ventura Police Department Traffic Unit responded to handle the investigation.
On April 11, Ventura Police Collision Investigators and Street Crime Detectives located a vehicle in the City of Oxnard believed to be related to this collision with a pedestrian. Investigators impounded the vehicle and have authored multiple search warrants related to the vehicle and a person of interest. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact Officer Chris Wilson at 805-339-4366.
This criminal investigation is on-going, and more information will be released when it is available.
Stolen Vehicle, Felony Vehicle Pursuit, and Hit and Run Arrest
On November 10, at 8:00 pm, the Ventura Police Command Center received a 911 call reporting a theft of a work truck from the 2800 block of Sherwin Ave. The victim had a GPS device attached to the vehicle and gave officers a general area where the truck might be.
Officers located the truck on Telegraph Rd and Ashwood St and attempted to stop the vehicle on Victoria Ave. However, the driver, later identified as 30-year-old San Bernadino resident Jorge Vazquez, failed to yield, and led officers on a pursuit. While driving west on Telegraph Ave, Vazquez lost control of the truck and struck a tree at Hobart Park. He then fled from the vehicle.
Officers established a perimeter and, with the assistance of a K9, were able to locate Vazquez in an apartment complex. Vazquez was taken into custody without incident. No one was injured as a result of the pursuit or arrest.
Vazquez was arrested and booked at the Ventura County Jail for Vehicle Theft, Felony Vehicle Pursuit, Hit and Run, and outstanding local and out-of-county warrants.
Possession of Narcotics with a Firearm Arrest
On Nov. 11, at 11:30am, officers were dispatched with Ventura City Fire and Paramedics to a report of two subjects slumped over inside a vehicle in the parking lot at O’Reilly Auto Parts, 147 W. Main St. When officers arrived, they saw what looked like powdered fentanyl in Schroeder’s (Libby Schroeder (23 yrs), Ventura resident) possession. During the arrest an officer was exposed to the fentanyl and had to be treated at the hospital.
The subsequent investigation revealed burglary tools and a loaded firearm in the vehicle. Schroeder was arrested and booked at the Ventura County Jail for possession of narcotics, burglary tools, and possession of narcotics with a loaded firearm.