News Story


Fatal Collision / DUI Driver
7/25/2016 8:00:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Fatal Collision / DUI Driver

Report Number:



Rancho Dos Vientos / South of Via Bonita, Newbury Park

Date & Time:

Sunday, July 24, 2016  7:13 PM

Unit Responsible:

Thousand Oaks Police Department's Traffic Bureau

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

City of Residence


(D) Zachary Allen Crook

(A) Josue Arturo Hernandez

Thousand Oaks, CA

Mission Hills, CA


30 yrs.

19 yrs.



On Sunday, July 24, 2016, at approximately 7:13 PM, a convertible Porsche Boxster was traveling southbound on Rancho Dos Vientos south of Via Bonita.  The vehicle failed to negotiate a turn, leaving the roadway, striking a small tree.  The vehicle continued southbound, coming to rest after colliding with a second larger tree.


Nearby citizens helped to remove the driver from the vehicle.  Initially, he did not appear injured, and was later transported to Los Robles for precautionary measures.


As the passenger side of the vehicle struck the tree, the passenger, Zachary Crook was trapped inside and extracted by members of the Ventura County Fire Department.  He suffered major injuries and was transported to Los Robles Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.


On Monday, July 25, 2016, upon his release from Los Robles Hospital, Josue Arturo Hernandez, 19 yrs., was arrested by the Thousand Oaks Police Department's Traffic Bureau for 191.5 CVC / Vehicular Manslaughter and 23153(a) CVC / Felony Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol.  He was transported to the Ventura County Pre-Trial Detention Facility and booked without incident.


At this time, the collision is under investigation.  Alcohol and excessive speed are factors in the collision.  Anyone who may have witnessed the incident is asked to call the Thousand Oaks Police Department's Traffic Bureau at 805-494-8271.


As a sad reminder, the Thousand Oaks Traffic Bureau urges members of our community that if you drink, please Don't Drive, and use alternate methods of travel to return home safely.


Prepared by:

Sgt. B. Payton


Media Release Date:

July 25, 2016


Media Follow-Up Contact:

Sgt. B. Payton

(805) 797-6438



Approved by:

Captain Hartmann



Ventura County Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 reward for information, which leads to the arrest and criminal complaint against the person(s) responsible for this crime.  The caller may remain anonymous.  The call is not recorded.  Call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477).