Report and photo by Logan Hall
A local man sustained serious injuries Friday evening after his vehicle went over the side of Maricopa Highway near Matilija Canyon Road before hitting two trees and bringing it to a stop at the edge of an embankment. According to the California Highway Patrol, Tim Diener, of Ojai, was traveling northbound on Highway 33 when he lost control of his truck. “He failed to negotiate the curve,” said CHP officer Micah Weilbacher, who responded to the scene. “He traveled across the southbound lane and into the left shoulder where he impacted the two trees. He was transported to Ventura County Medical Center for serious injuries including a broken leg and a major head laceration.”
Weilbacher said that alcohol might have been a factor in the crash. “He was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence,” he said.
No information has been released on Diener’s current condition and a cause of the crash is under investigation.