On Oct. 28, a Ventura County Sheriff's deputy was killed in a hit-and-run crash that was believed to have involved a drunk driver. The accident reportedly occurred in the northbound lanes of 101 Freeway near the Lewis Road on-ramp in Camarillo.
As if the freeways in Southern California weren't dangerous enough, sometimes you don't even have to be on the road to be injured or killed by a drunk driver. On Dec. 29, a 60-year old Mission Viejo man was killed in his bed when a driver allegedly ran his Cadillac into the house. According to authorities, the driver, whom they say was under the influence of alcohol, was driving at more than twice the posted speed limit: 50-plus mph in a 25-mph zone. The car came to rest with its back tires off the ground. In addition to killing one occupant of the home, the crash cut a gas line. Another man in the home at the time was unhurt.