Charges Come Four Months after Deadly Lake Forest Crash

An update was released in the form of a press release from the district attorney’s office last week concerning a fatal Orange County crash that took the life of 23-year-old Nicole Davenport back in January.

On May 5, 2011, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department called Stephanie Davenport, the victim’s mother, to let her know that officials had just arrested the man who was involved in her daughter’s deadly crash.

Jose Javier Fernandez Ramirez, 20, of San Clemente, is now behind bars on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence. He was finally charged – four months later – for this fatal red light crash, and is possibly facing six years in prison.

The Lake Forest car crash he was arrested for took place on the morning of January 14, 2011, at the intersection of Bake Parkway and North Pointe Drive. Police indicate that his red Toyota pickup truck collided into Nicole Davenport’s black Hyundai by allegedly running a solid red light.

Davenport was taken to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo after the accident, but died shortly thereafter.

Orange County investigators in the sheriff’s Major Accident Reconstruction Team took almost four months to interview witnesses and look at the road evidence, such as the tire marks, in order to make this determination.

Ramirez’s next hearing is scheduled for May 16th.

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