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UPDATE: Driver killed in I-5 collision

Posted: April 15, 2014 9:46 a.m.
Updated: April 15, 2014 7:18 p.m.

Investigators Tuesday were trying to unravel the circumstances behind the death of an Oakland man killed when the car he was driving slammed into the back of a truck on Interstate 5 north of Castaic.

Ghisan Omar Monsour, 28, was declared dead at the scene on the northbound Interstate 5 just south of Smokey Bear Road around 10:45 p.m. Monday, according to a California Highway Patrol collision report.

Monsour was driving his 2007 Honda Civic northbound in the No. 3 lane when it crashed into a 1995 Freightliner tractor-trailer rig stopped in the No. 3 lane due to construction north of the location, the collision report said.

The possibility that driver fatigue may have been a factor in the fatal crash is one of the issues investigators with the county coroner’s department expect to discuss with the California Highway Patrol officer heading up the investigation, a coroner’s spokesman said Tuesday.

“Alcohol and/or drugs do not appear to be a factor to this collision at this time,” the investigating CHP officer wrote. “However, this investigation is continuing.”

The CHP is investigating three recent collisions in which driver fatigue may have been a factor. Investigators said the speed at which Monsour was driving has not been determined and could also be a factor.

n March 12: Truck driver Carmen G. Ramirez, 52, of San Bernardino reportedly fell asleep at the wheel of his big rig and crashed into a metal guard rail and into a concrete support on Interstate 5 near Castaic. He suffered moderate injuries.

n Saturday: Eduardo Hernandez, 39, of Palmdale was traveling northbound on Highway 14 when his car left the roadway and struck a concrete culvert. The investigating CHP officer said he suspected driver fatigue was a factor.

n Sunday: A car driven by Barbara Kowalczyk, 53, of Redwood City traveling southbound on Interstate 5 left the roadway “possibly due to falling asleep,” according to the CHP investigator. Kowalczyk’s vehicle hit another car and both overturned, critically injuring six people, including three children.
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