Fatal Head On Collision Closes All Lanes Of PCH

July 5, 2024 ·

Photo by Rio Space Via Unsplash

MALIBU—On July 7, the Los Angeles Medical Examiner’s Office identified the deceased in the July 4 head-on collision as Martin O’Keke, 44, who was reportedly a ride-share driver in the area.  Okeke lost his life when the white 2020 Cadilac Escalade crossed the center line for an unknown reason.  Two others were injured in the crash.


On July 4, at approximately 10:20 p.m., the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station responded to a fatal traffic collision at the 22000 block of the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), west of Carbon Cyn in Malibu due to a fatal traffic collision closing all lanes of PCH until further notice.

An updated alert from the Lost Hills Station was sent out on July 5, at approximately 4:00 a.m. and again at 7:00 a.m. (PCT) advising drivers to use an alternate route. There was no known ETA at that time.

Preliminary reports indicate that a 2019 Mercedes Benz, four-door sedan crossed the center line of the highway striking the Escalade head-on. First responders declared the driver of the Escalade dead at the scene of the crash. The passenger in the Escalade suffered major injuries. The driver of the Mercedes Benz suffered significant injuries as well. Both injured parties were transported to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center for Treatment.

Investigators indicate that alcohol and speed may have been factors if not the cause of the accident.

By Sharon

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