Ojai actor, former teacher killed in Ventura car crash

Photo by Brian Stetham
John Slade plays Peter Quince in the Kingsmen Shakespeare Company's 2016 production of "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter
John Slade, a well-known local actor, musician and former Nordhoff High School educator, died July 7 after sustaining internal injuries during a July 6 hit-and-run car accident on Highway 101 near Ventura's Victoria Avenue exit.
According to officer Kevin Denharder of the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the accident occurred  July 6 at 11:45 p.m. while Slade was returning to Ojai from a theater rehearsal in Thousand Oaks. 
Slade was directing a Kingsmen Shakespeare Company production of “Julius Caesar” on the Thousand Oaks campus of California Lutheran University (Cal Lutheran), said Karin Grennan, a Cal Lutheran spokeswoman.
According to Denharder, a black Audi coupe collided with Slade's Toyota Prius the night of July 6. Both drivers lost control of their vehicles following the collision.
The Audi rolled over into a culvert adjacent to the freeway and the driver fled the scene, leaving an injured passenger in the vehicle, said Denharder.
The passenger, an Oxnard man, suffered minor injuries.

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