April 2, 2013
Misty Volaski, email@example.com
Easter Sunday was not a day of celebration for two Ojai Valley families after a late-morning traffic collision sent a mother, her two children and a 58-year-old man to the hospital with serious injuries.
The head-on collision occurred south of the intersection of North Ventura Avenue and East Villanova Road at approximately 10:50 a.m. Sunday, according to the Ojai Police Department.
Oak View resident Melanie Hall-Mounsey, 33, was southbound on North Ventura Avenue with her two children when police say she veered into the northbound lane and collided with a vehicle driven by Larry Manchel of Meiners Oaks.
Hall-Mounsey and one child were listed in critical condition; Manchel and the other child were listed as stable Sunday evening. As of press time, there was no update available on the victims’ conditions, and investigators are still working to determine the cause of the accident.
Traffic was diverted for several hours from North Ventura Avenue onto Villanova Road as sheriff deputies, paramedics and the Ventura County Fire Department worked at the scene. The Ojai Police Department called in Deputy Mike Berg, an accident investigator and reconstruction specialist with the Thousand Oaks Police Department (TOPD). “He’s the best in the county,” said Ojai Senior Deputy Ed Beauvais, explaining why Berg was called in. “That’s what he does, is major crashes. We’re fortunate to have them (Berg and TOPD) as an additional resource that we can call in.”
“The incident is still under investigation,” Berg reiterated.
The Ojai Police Department is requesting that anyone with any information about the accident call the TOPD at 494-8271.