Santa Paula Times

Two car collision Thousand Oaks man to hospital

January 19, 2000
Santa Paula Police Department
A Thousand Oaks man received moderate injuries when he ran a red light on Harvard Boulevard and struck another vehicle last week. According to Commander Mark Hanson of the Santa Paula Police Department, the accident occurred on Wednesday, Jan. 5, at 9:58 a.m.Robert Edward Pistulka, 50 of Thousand Oaks, was driving a 1994 Mitsubishi Mirage eastbound on Harvard Boulevard when “he ran the red light and collided with another vehicle,” said Commander Hanson.The car that was struck, a 1989 Corvette, had been traveling southbound on Palm Avenue and was passing through the intersection on the green light when it was broadsided.The driver of the Corvette, Roy W. Fulwider, 58 of Santa Paula, tried to swerve to avoid the collision but was unable to get his vehicle out of the way of the oncoming Mirage.The vehicles collided in the intersection, said Commander Hanson.A witness at the scene estimated that Pistulka’s vehicle was traveling between 45 to 50 mph when it hit the Corvette.
Fulwider was not injured but Pistulka complained of neck and rib pain. He was treated at the scene by Santa Paula Fire Department EMTs and then transported to Santa Paula Memorial Hospital by ambulance. He was treated and released.Both cars were towed from the scene of the accident.The accident is still under investigation, said Commander Hanson.“There’s some question if Mr. Pistulka may have been under the influence of a prescription drug. . .we’re waiting for test results,” Commander Hanson noted, before a decision is made on what charges to file. But, “Even in Santa Paula, when that little round thing turns red you’re supposed to stop, just like in Thousand Oaks.”