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Woman, 19, Killed in Highway 150 Crash

March 28, 1998|HOLLY J. WOLCOTT

A 19-year-old Ojai woman was killed Friday afternoon when she lost control of her car on California 150 and collided with a sport utility vehicle.

Jennifer Jane Harvey was pronounced dead at the scene of the 12:48 p.m. crash, said Capt. Leonard Jenkins of the Ventura County Fire Department.

The driver of the sport utility vehicle, Ojai resident Toni Leann Tubbs, 38, was treated for a fractured ankle at Ojai Valley Community Hospital and released, said California Highway Patrol dispatcher Claude Ball.

The crash occurred near the Summit Fire Station in Upper Ojai. Jenkins said firefighters were at the crash scene in one minute and that resuscitation efforts were performed on Harvey until paramedics arrived.

The passenger side of Harvey's white Ford Festiva was destroyed, Jenkins said. There were no passengers in either vehicle, he said.

A witness said Harvey was driving eastbound between 50 and 75 mph on the rain-slicked, two-lane roadway, CHP Officer Dave Cockrill said. Harvey was going to her job at a Camarillo sporting goods store, Cockrill said.

Harvey lost control of her car as she tried to maneuver a slight curve near the road's summit, Cockrill said.

"A witness said he saw the vehicle pass him at freeway speeds, then he heard a car skid and crash or bang," Cockrill said.

Harvey's car slid sideways into the westbound lane and was struck broadside by Tubbs' Nissan Pathfinder, Cockrill said.

The crash forced the closure of both lanes for about 30 minutes. The westbound lane remained closed for about three hours, Cockrill said.

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