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UPDATE: 15-year-old Killed in PCH Crash

Investigators say an eastbound vehicle crossed over westbound lanes and struck two vehicles on Pacific Coast Highway.

Updated at 4:10 p.m.

Pacific Coast Highway was closed in both directions Saturday following a fatal head-on crash involving three vehicles in Malibu.

The crash on PCH at Rambla Vista was reported at 8:10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, according to the Lost Hills/Malibu Sheriff's Station.

Sheriff's Sgt. Anthony Arnold said the dead person was a juvenile who had been a passenger in an eastbound car that apparently crossed into westbound lanes. A head-on or broadside collision resulted, and one spinning car then hit a third vehicle, according to City News Service.

The crash was apparently caused when one of the vehicles blew a tire, ABC7 reported. The Coroner's Office reported that 15-year-old Roman Jimenez of Los Angeles was killed in the crash.

PCH was closed for nearly eight hours and reopened around 3:45 p.m., according to City News Service.

Jennifer Denicola told Malibu Patch she witnessed the aftermath of the accident.

"One person [was] pulled out by fire fighters and given CPR," Denicola said.

The crash occurred in front of the home of Malibu Patch blogger Fireball Tim Lawrence, who shared photos of the accident.

In a report from the scene, Lawrence said some of the traffic was diverted onto his street, Rambla Vista, which he described as "a street that can barely fit one way traffic."

During the noon hour, PCH was closed to westbound through traffic at Topanga Canyon Boulevard, although westbound local traffic was allowed as far west as Las Flores Canyon Road, according to City News Service.

The Pepperdine University Department of Athletics sent out a tweet stating that the Malibu Invitational, a swimming and diving event, had been delayed until 11 a.m. due to the crash.

Check back for more on this developing story.

--City News Service and Patch Editor Craig Clough contributed to this report.

Laura Coy October 28, 2012 at 07:40 AM
The only child. I'm so so terribly sorry. Heartfelt tears are swelling my eyes. Please, if you can, come to church at Malibu Presbyterian tomorrow for the 11 oclock sermon? When I lost my brother, I hadn't been to church in awhile, and I received a message I believe was straight from him. I don't know what to do to help, I wish I could do something to help comfort your family. May the community wrap their arms around your family at this horrific time. Respectfully, Laura
Valibu October 28, 2012 at 09:20 AM
You are right on Ann. My son and I were driving to Malibu High today for football practice when we were detoured by the sheriff's. My son just got his drivers permit and wanted to get some practice behind the wheel. When I found out this accident involved a teenage boy I got a pit in my stomach. This is every parents worst nightmare. There are no words that can properly express my condolences to the Hernandez family. May they somehow find peace!
Gregwa October 28, 2012 at 03:21 PM
Tracy, this accident occurred between a light at Dukes, and one at Carbon Cyn. The speed limit is 45mph. A witness stated speed was not an issue. Things happen that cause "accidents", and unfortunately a young man lost his life in this one. It is a tragedy, and a lesson for all involved or who happened to witness this in real time. Instead of more lights, more police, and lower speed limits, we can raise once again our own awareness of how quickly and "out of the blue" these events can occur, and pay better attention to our own driving and the that of the other drivers on the road with us. Leave space, drive defensively and courteously. Condolences to the Hernandez family.
Chris Watson October 28, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Hernandez family, I am so so sorry. When I lost my only child, Courtney in a car accident almost 6 years ago, www.compassionatefriends.org and a grief support group at a nearby church helped me. Courtney's friends and cousins still encourage me. Her love still comforts me. You are in my thoughts and prayers, Chris
Judy October 28, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Thank you all for your kind words. My cousin Roman is in a better place now!
Judy October 28, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Thank you tracy green!
Hernandez Family October 28, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Thank u all for ur prayers and condolencea
Sue Hanna October 29, 2012 at 02:48 AM
Michel I think of you and your family often. My brother Seann was also killed on PCH because of negligence. We messaged back and forth a bit when it happened. I am so happy you finally got justice for Emily.We are working toward that for Seann.
Sue Hanna October 29, 2012 at 02:55 AM
My heart just breaks for you and your family. Having just experienced this same loss I know the devastation you are feeling. My 29 year old brother was killed in December at this same location. Please know I am praying for all who loved Roman, especially his parents. I am just so so sorry. I would not wish this pain on anyone.
Sue Hanna October 29, 2012 at 02:58 AM
And Maria, you are so right! Although there was much love and support on this network, I also read many speculative comments about Seann speeding and being at fault...alll of which is being proved inaccurate. Along with awful vivid descriptions of the accident scene that I will never be able to get out of my head. I plead with people to be careful with what they post.
bu resident October 29, 2012 at 05:52 AM
Notice how almost everyone who is involved in car accidents in Malibu doesn't live here. Maybe they need to close of PCH to residents only.
RIP Roman October 29, 2012 at 08:23 AM
If anyone has any information on the individual that prayed with Roman in his last moments please email RIPRomanJ@gmail.com. We would really like to speak with this individual.
RIP Roman October 29, 2012 at 08:23 AM
If anyone has any information on the individual that prayed with Roman in his last moments please email RIPRomanJ@gmail.com. We would really like to speak with this individual.
Sue Hanna October 29, 2012 at 12:34 PM
really????
Ann Tomkins October 29, 2012 at 01:20 PM
Or perhaps the state should have the state highway patrolled by the California Highway Patrol. Most of the drivers on PCH are not residents of Malibu. Don't really understand the logic of having a city with as few residents as Malibu responsible for policing a long stretch of state highway used by millions of visitors.
Hans Laetz October 29, 2012 at 02:10 PM
No words can describe this loss. I hope you can take some small comfort in our community's collective sadness and sympathy. My respects. Hans Laetz
John October 29, 2012 at 04:41 PM
This is so sad. My heart goes out to the Hernandez family.
Joe Smith October 29, 2012 at 05:07 PM
It's unreal that everytime there is a fatality on PCH, nearly a third of the comments relate to how the Sheriff's Department was somehow rude, negligent, or insensitive. What a bunch of rich cry babies! Focus on how you were shocked by the sight of an uncovered foot, or the fact that someone raised their voice to you, instead of the fact that some family just lost a loved one, and the deputies are trying their best to direct traffic and conduct an investigation.
Irma October 29, 2012 at 05:24 PM
My condolences and prayers are with his family please let his mother know that Im praying for her I'm her co-worker Irma
RIP Roman October 29, 2012 at 05:45 PM
If anyone has any information on the individual who spoke with Roman in his last moments please email RIPromanj@gmail.com.
Chris Willig October 29, 2012 at 07:11 PM
Let's get some facts straight. PCH is not a "freeway." Its a major highway that passes through a linear town. There are multiple intersections, signaled and otherwise. Bicycles may legally use the road throughout its length and there is no parallel alternative routing available. As this accident illustrates, most of the collision fatalities are automobile passengers or drivers. And traffic levels have not changed materially over the last 10 years (source Google Earth). It is tragic and our condolences go out to the Hernandez family.
Ann Tomkins October 29, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Not sure why the highway can't handle a Whole Foods market in Malibu. I don't think people will be driving in from out of town to shop at Whole Foods.
Ann Tomkins October 29, 2012 at 09:05 PM
Perhaps so many people are complaining about the Sheriff's Department because there is a problem with the service provided by the Sheriff's Department. Don't attack the messenger.
Irma October 29, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Please let Helen know that our deepest condolences and prayer we love her cashier department
Ahurora October 30, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Hi, This little boy grew up with me and my brothers back in the city of Pomona! Everyone out here is truly hurt and shocked that lil Roman is gone! He was such a good kid...We do not have any way of contacting the family especially the mother!. We want to help with whatever we can..Planning a carwash to raise money! someone please help me get in contact with his mom she is such a nice lady and i can imagine what she is going through for that was her only son :((( Sue hahanna,, was he really your brother?? or just related because he would call me big sis too!
Ahurora October 30, 2012 at 09:01 PM
Hi, This little boy grew up with me and my brothers back in the city of Pomona! Everyone out here is truly hurt and shocked that lil Roman is gone! He was such a good kid...We do not have any way of contacting the family especially the mother!. We want to help with whatever we can..Planning a carwash to raise money! someone please help me get in contact with his mom she is such a nice lady and i can imagine what she is going through for that was her only son :((( contact ahurora.zapien@gmail.com 9094805179
Hernandez Family November 02, 2012 at 09:34 PM
Hi ahurora i am his cousin in law we will be having his funeral Saturday the 3rd tomorrow i will definitely give my aunt ur number thank for ur offer it is truly appreciated
Hernandez Family November 02, 2012 at 09:43 PM
Hi Marie does ur friend happen to remember the Nam of the individual that prayed with my cousin Roman during his last minutes if he does can u have him tell the person to email RIPRomanj@gmail.com the family really would like to speak with this caring person thank u
Kendrick Jones November 03, 2012 at 05:55 PM
R.I.P Roman...he was my friend at school and he was only a sophomore We would walk to the busstop and talk in the mornings...a HUGE loss for us at Lou Dantzler High School...R.I.P Roman Jiminez
Hernandez Family November 03, 2012 at 11:19 PM
Anybody that was around or saw the accident can u please email me andersondebbie19@gmail.com please i need answers to questions

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