2008-04-03 / Front Page

7 killed in county over 15 weekend hours

Seven people died in a 15-hour time period on Ventura County freeways and train tracks last week, though none of the deaths appear to be related.

"It's completely random," said Capt. Ross Bonfiglio of the Ventura County Sheriff's Department. "That many deaths in a short period of time is tragic and it's unusual, and then you'll have a long period of time when nothing happens."

The first fatality occurred at about 7:30 p.m. Friday, when 25-year-old Alenusz Moradian of Camarillo apparently stepped in front of a train traveling about 70 mph through the Camarillo Amtrak station, Dep. Medical Examiner Michael Tellez said.

The only witness was the train's engineer, Tellez said.

Camarillo police are investigating the incident as a possible suicide.

About an hour later, Patricio Juarez, 30, of Simi Valley and his passenger, 23-year-old Newbury Park resident Braulio Perez, died when the vehicle Juarez was driving flipped over several times at the Thousand Oaks interchange of the 23 and 101 freeways. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene.

For unknown reasons, Narek Gayanyan, 21, of Granada Hills was traveling in the wrong direction on the 118 Freeway about 3 a.m. Saturday when he crashed head-on into a pickup driven by Teodoro Cazarez of Moorpark, Tellez said. The collision, which occurred just west of Rocky Peak Road, killed both men and Cazarez's passenger, 25-year-old Simi Valley resident Mario Galindo.

At 9:15 a.m. Saturday, David Lindblad of Camarillo was driving on the northbound 101 Freeway near Central Avenue when his vehicle struck the guard rail and overturned. Lindblad was pronounced dead at the scene, Tellez said.

"It was odd that so many people died, (but) I don't think there's a rhyme or reason for it," Tellez said.

"It just happens."

--Michelle Knight

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