Four people, including three family members, were killed in a single-car crash today that may have occurred after the driver suffered a heart attack, according to the Ventura County Medical Examiner.
The driver, Phet Chansy, 53, was killed along with his wife, Holly Hamm, 40, and their 11-year-old son Eric Chansy, the Ventura County Star reported. A family friend, Monica Sara Sang, 45, was taken to Ventura County Medical Center where she died in the operating room.
A second child, Chansy’s 13-year-old son, was hospitalized with moderate injuries. All are from Long Beach.
An autopsy showed Phet Chansy had extensive heart disease and evidence of previous heart attacks, according to the Star.
The accident occurred at 3:30 a.m. on Highway 101 near Mussel Shoals when the pickup truck Chansy was driving swerved to the right, left the highway and
struck a tree.
“We believe he probably had a heart attack, which was what caused him … to veer off the road,” Armando Chavez, a senior deputy
Ventura medical examiner, told the Star.
A CHP report said the truck was towing a small aluminum boat and was heading north. Chansy and his four passengers were all wearing seat belts, and drugs and alcohol were not considered factors.
Source: LB Press Telegram