A corner lot on Oxnard's Silver Strand was one family's slice of paradise for two decades. But now they're dealing with two separate big rig crashes within four months on their patio, both caught on surveillance video. Beverly White reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. Friday, May 16, 2014.
The patio of one Oxnard home has been run over twice this year by big rigs, knocking over a street sign, shattering furniture and causing thousands of dollars in damage.
Keith and Debra Crownover captured the incidents on home surveillance video, the most recent one on Monday.
The video shows both drivers crushing plants and furniture in the front of their home while attempting to make a tight turn in the Silver Strand neighborhood.
"Me and the kids and my wife were sitting on these chairs the day before," Keith Crownover said. "So this is it. If it happens while someone is out here, kids are out while they're running away. Someone could get seriously hurt."
Neighbors say an increasing number of semi-trucks have been finding their way onto the narrow streets of the tiny unincorporated community, and many believe its a result of GPS errors leading drivers astray when they are heading to the adjacent Navy base.
"My first thought was, why are they coming down here? Our best guess is GPS is leading them down here," said Mike Zimmerman, a neighbor of the Crownovers.
In a Jan. 29 incident, a truck from Fresno company Akal Transport can be seen on the video running over the fence and patio before driving away from the scene. In the Monday crash, another truck also ran over the patio and fencing before driving away.
Both drivers were later stopped and cited by the California Highway Patrol. The Ventura County Star reported the cases have been turned over to prosecutors and charges may be filed against the drivers.
Residents of the neighborhood hope the pair of collisions will draw attention to the need for better signage and driver awareness, a matter complicated by the fact that three agencies - Ventura County, the City of Oxnard, and the Naval Base at Channel Islands - all have some jurisdiction in the area.