News Story


Thousand Oaks - Fatal Traffic Collision
4/10/2013 8:05:00 AM


Nature of Incident:

Fatal Traffic Collision

Report Number:



500 Block of Reino Road, Newbury Park

Date and Time:

April 9, 2013  9:30 AM

Unit Responsible:

Thousand Oaks Police Department's Traffic Bureau

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

City of Residence



(P) Alejandro Pope

(P) Alexa Strausser

(D) Nicholas Cwayna


(P) Amy Stewart

(P) Infant


Newbury Park

Newbury Park

Newbury Park









2 months





Today, at approximately 9:30 am, a head on collision occurred, killing a passenger in one of the involved vehicles.  Alejandro Pope was driving an Audi A4, and traveling northbound on Reino Road, north of Borchard Road.  Amy Stewart, driving a Volvo Sport Utility Vehicle, was stopped in the southbound left turn lane, waiting to enter Borchard Park.  Pope's vehicle then inexplicably crossed into the southbound lanes and collided with Stewart's vehicle, pushing the Volvo SUV backwards into the hedged landscape of the shopping center on the west side of Reino Road. 


The collision caused major damage to the front end of both vehicles, and sent all occupants to Los Robles Hospital for treatment.  A passenger in Pope's vehicle, Nicholas Cwayna, was pronounced deceased at the hospital.  All other occupants were treated and released.  The infant was not injured as he was secured in his car seat.


Alejandro Pope was arrested after an investigation revealed he was driving while under the influence of drugs.  He was charged with 191.5(a) PC / Gross Vehicular Manslaughter while Intoxicated, and 23153(a) VC / Driving While Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs Causing Injury.  He was booked into the Ventura County Jail.


No students at Newbury Park High School were involved in the collision. The investigation is continuing, and the Thousand Oaks Police Department's Traffic Bureau is asking for anyone with information concerning the collision to call the Traffic Bureau at 805.494.8271.




Prepared by:

Sergeant B. Payton


Media Release Date:

April 9, 2013


Follow-Up Contact:

Sergeant B. Payton



Approved by:

Captain C. Rubright



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).