Oxnard Man Accused In Fatal DUI-Related Wrong Way Driver Crash In Ventura Saturday Is Released From Jail

Tuesday June 11, 2024

(File photo above is courtesy CHP)

     Updated--The man accused of what the CHP says was a DUI-related wrong way driver crash that killed two people on the 101 Freeway in Ventura over the weekend was released from jail on bail Tuesday night hours after he appeared in court to face charges.

     21-year-old Evan Bouchard of Oxnard entered not guilty pleas to two counts of Gross Vehicular Manslaughter While Intoxicated plus other DUI-related charges and he denied several special allegations.  

     The crash happened around 2:30 AM Saturday morning June 8th on the NB 101 north of Seaward Avenue.

     The CHP says they started receiving a flurry of 9-1-1 calls reporting a VW Jetta traveling about 80 mph SB in the NB lanes around State Beaches.

     Bouchard, who was driving the VW, is alleged to have crashed into Nissan Versa going NB north of Seaward Avenue.

     The driver and passenger in the NB Nissan, two Santa Barbara men ages 55 and 52 died at the scene.

     Bouchard was not seriously hurt and was arrested.