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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
Thursday April 23rd, 2020 :: 04:07 p.m. PDT


Hit-and-Run Traffic Collision Arrests

Nature of Incident: Hit-and-Run Traffic Collision Arrests
Report Number: 20-21468, 20-43970, 20-45301, 20-47842, 20-49454
Location: City of Moorpark
Date & Time: 2/8/2020 – 4/5/2020
Unit(s) Responsible: Ventura County Sheriff’s Office - Moorpark Police Traffic Bureau
Ventura County Sheriff’s Office - Moorpark Police Patrol Services
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent

City of Residence

(S) Millar-Cardiel, Savannah
(S) Rodriguez, Jason
(S) Ortiz, Leslie
(S) Zepeda, Fernando
(S) Ware, Jaclyn
Simi Valley
Simi Valley
Between the dates of February 8th 2020 and April 5th 2020, five hit-and-run traffic collisions were reported in the City of Moorpark. This marks a significant increase of this type of traffic related crime throughout the city.
All five collisions were investigated by the Moorpark Traffic Bureau in conjunction with Moorpark Patrol services. The investigations led to the arrest of five individuals for various charges in addition to hit-and-run such as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, insurance fraud, false report of a crime, and child endangerment.
Of the five arrests, three suspects were arrested and booked for felony charges. The other two suspects were arrested for misdemeanor only charges. In all but one collision, drivers would have faced no charges or misdemeanor only charges had they not fled the scene. Below is a list of the charges faced by each individual.
  • Millar-Cardiel: PC 550(a)(4)-Insurance Fraud (Felony), PC 148.5(a)-False Report of a Crime (Misdemeanor)
  • Rodriguez: PC 550(b)(2)-Insurance Fraud (Felony), PC 148.5(a)-False Report of a Crime (Misdemeanor), VC 20002(a)-Hit and Run (Misdemeanor)
  • Ortiz: VC 20002(a)-Hit and Run (Misdemeanor)
  • Zepeda: PC 273a(a)-Child Endangerment (Felony), VC 20002(a) Hit and Run (Misdemeanor), VC 4462.5 False Registration (Misdemeanor)
  • Ware: VC 20002(a) Hit and Run (Misdemeanor), VC 23152(f)-Driving Under the Influence of Drugs (Misdemeanor)
Like any other crime, hit-and-run crimes are, and will continue to be, thoroughly investigated by the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office.  Once identified, offenders will face criminal charges in addition to potential administrative action from the DMV or insurance companies.
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office and Moorpark Police Department would like to take this opportunity to remind the public of their responsibilities when they are involved in a traffic accident.
  • Stop at the scene and make sure all people involved receive medical attention if needed.
  • Pull vehicles off the roadway if safe and able to do so.
  • Exchange information with all people involved including Name, Address, Driver License Number, Phone Number, Vehicle Information, and Insurance Information.
  • Call the local police department if an accident report is requested or needed.
BOTTOM LINE: If you are involved in a traffic accident make sure to call the police or exchange information to avoid further legal repercussions.
Prepared by: Deputy Dan James  
News Release Date: 4-24-2020  
Media Follow-Up Contact: Deputy Dan James
(805) 947-8218
[email protected]
Approved by:
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Captain Victor Fazio
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Ventura County Sheriff's Office
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Ventura, CA 93003

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