As Simi Valley police were investigating the stabbing, Ventura County deputies responded to reports of an “injury collision” near the intersection of Thousand Oaks Boulevard and Lakeview Canyon Road involving the stabbing suspect’s vehicle. Officials believe the suspect intentionally plowed into the teens, and the 15-year-old boy later identified as Wesley Welling suffered fatal injuries. A 16-year-old girl, a 14-year-old girl, and another 15-year-old boy were also taken to the hospital.
All four victims of the fatal car accident were students at Westlake High School. The 14-year-old girl remains in critical condition, while the other two teens have been released.
The suspect, 24-year-old Austin Eis, was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries and has since been booked into a Ventura County jail. He is being held in lieu of $5 million bail and is expected to be arraigned on charges of murder, attempted murder, resisting a police officer, brandishing, and assault with a deadly weapon on Thursday.
While the motive for this tragedy remains unknown, it is clear that the families affected will need all the support they can get. As a personal injury lawyer, I encourage anyone who has been involved in this or a similar situation to get in touch with The Scranton Law Firm, which has over 50 years of experience dealing with all kinds of accidents and has recovered more than $500,000,000 for injured clients. Our thoughts and prayers remain with the families affected by this tragedy, and we stand ready to help in any way we can.