On April 23, 2021, at about 3:00 PM, officers from the Oxnard Police Department were dispatched to a call of a possible hit and run of a pedestrian in the area of Pacific Avenue and Mountain View Avenue. Upon arrival, officers located the victim, Matias Lopez lying in the roadway of Pacific Avenue. According to witnesses, Lopez was struck by the suspect vehicle after a verbal altercation took place in the middle of the street. The vehicle then fled the scene prior to officer arrival. Lopez was transported to the hospital for emergency medical treatment.
Unfortunately, on May 6th, 2021, Matias Lopez succumbed to his injuries as a result of the incident and was pronounced dead.
The Oxnard Police Department Major Crimes Unit took over the investigation and continued to work towards uncovering the nature of this incident. Based on evidence obtained, it was determined that this was a road rage incident, where the suspect and the victim had been engaged in a verbal altercation over what seemed to be a minor traffic issue. Lopez was then struck by the vehicle driven by Peter Codella, 65 years, Oxnard resident.
During the investigation, facts were uncovered that Codella intentionally struck Lopez. The Oxnard Major Crimes Unit, along with the Ventura County District Attorney’s office worked together to examine this incident and based on the evidence obtained have charged Peter Codella with the death of Matias Lopez. He will be charged with second degree murder and will be held on a bail amount of $500,000.00. This is the 8th homicide in the City of Oxnard this year.