News Story


Serious Injury Traffic Collision
11/29/2015 8:50:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Serious Injury Traffic Collision

Report Number:

RB# 152077057


North Ventura Avenue south of Villanova Road

Date & Time:

November 29, 2015 @ 3:10 pm

Unit(s) Responsible:

Ojai Police Department and Thousand Oaks Police Department Traffic Bureau

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (Party), (D)ecedent

City of Residence


(P) Ana Bertha Flores

(P) Christine Rose Melone







At approximately 3:10 pm this afternoon deputies from the Ojai Police Department responded to a report of a head on traffic collision on North Ventura Avenue south of Villanova Road. Personnel from the Ventura County Fire Department as well as Lifeline Ambulance also responded to the collision scene. 


Upon arrival the deputies realized that this was a significant traffic collision with serious injuries suffered by the involved parties.  Fire personnel had to use the 'jaws of life' to get (P) Melone out of the wreckage. 


Ventura Avenue was closed for several hours between Loma Vista Road and Villanova Road to allow emergency personnel time to work safely in providing care to the victims and to investigate the accident.  


Due to the circumstances, investigators from the Thousand Oaks Police Department's Traffic Bureau were requested to assist with the investigation.  The initial investigation indicated that (P) Flores was driving her silver Ford Fusion southbound on north Ventura Avenue and that (P) Melone was driving her green Jeep Cherokee northbound on North Ventura Avenue.  For unknown reasons Flores' car drifted into the northbound lane and continued traveling southbound until it collided head on with Melone's car. Melone and Flores were transported to local hospitals via ambulance for treatment of their injuries.


The Ojai police Department is asking for the public's help with this investigation.  If you witnessed the accident or have any other pertinent information you believe investigators should know about please call Detective Joe Mulrooney at (805) 947-8075.


Prepared by:

Sgt. R. Harwood


News Release Date:

November 29th, 2015


Media Follow-Up Contact:

Detective Joe Mulrooney (805) 947-8075


Approved by:

Capt. R. Downard