News Story


Fillmore/ Fatal Traffic Collision, Vehicle Into an Occupied Building
12/14/2011 10:21:00 AM


Nature of Incident:

Fatal Traffic Collision, Vehicle Into an Occupied Building

Report Number:



Starbucks Coffee - 650 Ventura Street, Fillmore, CA

Date & Time:

12-13-2011 @ 7:05 p.m..

Unit Responsible:

Fillmore Police Department

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (W)itnesses (D)ecedent

City of Residence


(D) Sergio Mendez


(V) Jose Iraheta


(V) Thomas Michaels


Fillmore, Ca


Lancaster, Ca


Piru, Ca











On 12-13-2011, at about 1905 hours, deputies from the Fillmore Police Department responded to 650 Ventura Street (Starbucks Coffee) to an injury traffic collision involving a vehicle driving into the building and injuring customers inside the business.


When deputies and the Fillmore Fire Department arrived they found the vehicle, driven by Michael Cedarland, inside the business.  The vehicle broke through the east wall of the business, traversed through the customer lobby area, and came to rest inside at the front door. The vehicle pinned one of the customers, Sergio Mendez, against the front door frame, which required heavy rescue from the members of the Fire Department.  Two other customers, Jose Iraheta and Thomas Michaels, were treated for minor injuries at the scene. 


Mendez, Iraheta and Michaels were all transported to Ventura County Medical Center.  Mendez sustained multiple internal injuries and, during emergency surgery, succumbed to the injuries.  He was pronounced deceased by the surgery physician.  Iraheta and Michaels were treated and released from the hospital.


At this time, drugs or alcohol do not appear to be a factor in the collision.  Investigators are looking into the possibility Cedarland lost consciousness while driving.  The cause of the collision is still under investigation.   


Deputy Preparing Media Release:

Deputy Jerry Peterson

Media Release Date:


Follow-Up Contact:

Deputy Jerry Peterson, (805) 524-2233

Approved by:

Captain Don Aguilar