News Story


Injury Traffic Collision
12/30/2015 10:14:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Injury Traffic Collision

Report Number:



200 block of East Telegraph Rd. (SR 126), Fillmore


Date & Time:

12/30/15 @ 12:10 PM

Unit(s) Responsible:

Fillmore Police Department

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence


(P) Iris Martin

(P) Michael Sparkuhl

(P) Deborah Sparkuhl


Santa Paula

Santa Paula






Traffic collisions, especially around the holidays, are traumatic events that can often be avoided. In the past four days, the California Highway Patrol has investigated two fatal traffic collisions just outside the City of Fillmore, and at about 12:10 PM today, the Fillmore Police Department, the Fillmore Fire Department, the Ventura County Fire Department, and American Medical Response personnel responded to a two-vehicle, injury traffic collision in the 200 block of East Telegraph Rd. (SR 126), Fillmore.


They found that (P) Iris Martin, a resident of the nearby El Dorado Estates, had failed to yield to on-coming traffic as she attempted to turn left onto East Telegraph Rd. from the mobile home park. Her vehicle collided with a vehicle, driven by (P) Michael Sparkuhl, that was traveling eastbound on East Telegraph Rd. Martin's vehicle came to rest in the eastbound traffic lanes, while Sparkuhl's vehicle crossed westbound traffic lanes and came to rest against a guardrail along the north side of the highway. Martin, Sparkuhl, and Sparkuhl's wife, Deborah, were treated at the scene by EMS personnel and transported to a local hospital with minor injuries.


The Fillmore Police Department encourages all motorists to drive safely and defensively this holiday season.



Prepared by:

Sergeant Kevin Vaden


News Release Date:



Media Follow-Up Contact:

Sergeant Kevin Vaden / / 805-524-2233


Approved by:

Captain Dave Wareham