Authorities reported that alcohol played a role in fatal crash in which caused the death of 15-years-old Roman Jimenez, 15 resident of Los Angeles.
Jimenez was a passenger in a red Ford Explorer that lost control on PCH on Saturday morning. Authorities declared that the boy died at the scene and they have detained 19-year-old driver Donte Sheffield on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and DUI.
A three-car crash on Saturday morning at Pacific Coast Highway at Rambla Pacifico Road led to the death of a 15-year-old male passenger was killed. Three others crash victims suffered non-life-threatening injuries. Due to the mishap, PCH had to be closed in both directions for nearly eight hours.
Nineteen-years-old, Donte Sheffield was detained on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence of alcohol. He was later released later that day pending further investigation. It was Sheffield’s 15-year-old passenger, Roman Jimenez, who was the fatality in the crash and was declared dead at the scene.
Richard Curry of the Malibu/Lost Hill’s Sheriff’s Station said that Jimenez and Sheffield were more than close friends as they considered themselves as brothers. The two guys were driving eastbound to Los Angeles shortly after 8 o’clock in the morning along PCH when Sheffield lost control of his red Ford Explorer and swerved into oncoming traffic, striking a westbound vehicle and killing Jimenez on impact. The initial collision caused the Explorer to spin 180 degrees and strike another car headed eastbound on PCH, Curry said.
James Davidson and Kenisha Edwards were headed westbound on PCH and pulled up on the accident shortly after it happened. Before the ambulance arrived, Davidson, a registered nurse tried reviving the injured but Jimenez was beyond help.
Sheffield and the driver of the eastbound car were immediately airlifted to UCLA-Westwood for treatment. The eastbound car’s male driver underwent surgery for abdominal injuries and is in stable condition.
A woman in the westbound car was transferred by ambulance to UCLA-Santa Monica and released shortly after being treated for minor injuries. The woman’s son was also in the car with her. He did not suffer injuries and his mother sent him off to his youth soccer game that day, Curry said.
Sheffield and Jimenez were on their way home from a party in Malibu on Friday night and were driving to Los Angeles on Saturday morning when the crash happened. Detectives kept Sheffield after he was treated for minor injuries at a local hospital. Authorities are awaiting the results from his blood alcohol test, estimated to come back in four to six weeks.
Sheffield complained of tire issues before losing control but detectives have not determined that as a definitive cause of the accident, according to Curry.
As investigators combed the scene and cleared wreckage, traffic was shut down in all directions for nearly eight hours on PCH. as investigators combed the scene and cleared wreckage. Eastbound cars were backed up as far as the Malibu Pier and cars headed west were backed up as far as Topanga Canyon Boulevard. This marked the second serious accident happening this month at Rambla Pacifico and PCH.
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