Teenager killed in violent crash at Lake Casitas identified

Mother and two other children survived crash

Teen dies in car crash


The Ventura County Coroner's Office has identified the teen killed in the April 21st crash at the Lake Casitas Campground as 14-year-old Mia Ragans of Ventura.

No further details were released.



A 14-year-old teenage girl lost her life in a crash on Friday at the Lake Casitas Campground in Ventura County.

The crash happened at about 7:45 a.m. The California Highway Patrol said a 36-year-old Ojai woman was driving her Chevrolet Equinox westbound in the campground, just west of the Lake Casitas main entrance, when for unknown reasons she veered to the left, onto the south shoulder, and down a hillside.

The woman's three children were in the car at the time of the crash--an 8-year-old, 20-year-old and the 14-year-old teen.

CHP said the teen was ejected from the car after it rolled down the hillside. She was taken to Ventura County Medical Center with major injuries. She later died as a result of those injuries.

The driver and her two other children suffered minor injuries and were also taken to Ventura County Medical Center, CHP said.

When tow truck drivers flipped the car onto its wheels, they discovered a small dog inside. The animal appeared to be unhurt.

The cause of the crash is under investigation. Anyone with any information or who witnessed this crash is asked to call the Ventura Area CHP office at 805-662-2640.

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