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Traffic Collision Found Over 154
updated: Jan 22, 2013, 3:56 PM

Source: CHP

Traffic collision found over the side of SR-154 this morning

Shortly after 4 PM yesterday afternoon, an injury traffic collision ensued on SR-154 (San Marcos Pass), just west of Royal Egyptian Farms. The involved Toyota Prius had been earlier reported by motorists as being driven recklessly on US-101 northbound, in the Summerland area. Michael Crolius of Solvang drove his Toyota Prius westbound on SR-154 at, a high rate of speed, and failed to negotiate a sharp curve in the roadway. It appeared he continued straight despite the curve. The Toyota left the roadway, became airborne, and collided with a descending embankment. Other than disturbed dirt along the shoulder, there was no evidence of a collision visible from the roadway.

Mr. Crolius contacted family members from his cellular telephone and requested help; however, he requested law enforcement not be contacted. Concerned family members contacted the CHP despite Mr. Crolius' objections at approximately 5 PM to report the collision. CHP Officers from the Santa Barbara Area and the Buellton Area responded and searched for Mr. Crolius; however Mr. Crolius wasn't certain where the collision occurred, and the information received was second hand. The original broadcast reported the collision had occurred on SR-154 at Paradise Road. The CHP searched SR-154 from Buellton to State Street in Santa Barbara, but were unable to locate the collision scene. At one point last night, family members were along the side of the road at the scene, but were unaware due to the darkness. Air support was also unable to locate a collision scene.

This morning, at approximately 8:30 AM, CHP Officer J. Rodriguez located the Toyota down a descending embankment. The Toyota was overturned and situated on its driver's side, and Mr. Crolius was standing in his car unable to get out due to his injured shoulder.

Fire and ambulance were dispatched. Fire extricated Mr. Crolius from his Toyota, and AMR transported him to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital for treatment.

Prescription drug impairment is being investigated as the primary cause of this collision. If convicted, this would be Mr. Crolius' fourth DUI in three years.



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