Manslaughter Charged in Fatal “Distracted” Accident

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On September 12, 2015 at 5:19 p.m., the California Highway Patrol’s (CHP) Moorpark Area office was called to a collision on Moorpark Road, south of Tierra Rejada Road that resulted in two fatalities, one bicyclist and one motorcyclist. The driver of the car that struck also sustained injuries and was transported by ambulance to a local hospital. After over seven months of investigation it was determined the driver had been “distracted” by a portable electronic device within the vehicle she was driving. CHP investigators presented the voluminous investigation to the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office on May 3, 2016. The CHP requested the driver, Rachael Ann Hill, age 26, of Camarillo, be charged with two counts of vehicular manslaughter for having caused the collision which took the lives of Maciek Malish, age 53, of Simi Valley, and Jesse T. Cushman, age 43, of Fillmore. On Tuesday, May 17, 2016, the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office charged Hill with two counts of vehicular manslaughter. Hill’s arraignment has been scheduled for June 16, 2016, in the Ventura County Superior Court. The CHP is providing this information because of the public interest in this collision and the deaths of two local residents. CHP Commander of the Moorpark Area office, Lieutenant R. D. Cohan, said, “Unfortunately, this incident serves as a grim reminder of the human toll associated with being distracted while driving.  This single collision has damaged three families, forever. “

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