Major Injury Collision
updated: Feb 02, 2014, 9:15 AM
Source: Santa Barbara CHP
On January 31st, 2014, at approximately 0605 hours, a series of traffic
collisions ensued on US-101 northbound, just south of the Junipero Street
Pedestrian overcrossing (O/C). The first collision involved a driver under the
influence of alcohol, later identified as Mr. Joseph A. Scozzaro, who drove his
vehicle in the wrong direction on US-101 northbound, directly toward on-coming
traffic in his 1987 Volkswagen. Mrs. Yesenia G.Vidal drove her 2007 Nissan on
US-101 northbound, from the Mission Street on-ramp when she noticed headlights
approaching directly in front of her. Mrs. Vidal turned her Nissan to the right
to avoid colliding with Mr. Scozzaro, and subsequently collided with the metal
guardrail along the right shoulder. Mr. Scozarro drove his Volkswagen directly
toward the front of a 1997 Acura, which was being driven by Mr. David V. Nguyen.
Mr. Scozarro and Mr. Nguyen collided head-on in the middle lane. The vehicles
eventually came to rest perpendicular to approaching traffic with the Volkswagen
partially blocked the middle lane and left lane and the Acura partially blocked
the middle lane and right lane. The Volkswagen and Acura were both stopped
without lights during hours of darkness in the middle of the freeway. Mr.
Scozzaro sustained serious injuries, Mr. Nguyen sustained moderate injuries, and
Mrs. Vidal sustained minor injuries, all as a result of the collisions.
Mr. Wayne R. Mantooth of Norwalk, California was traveling on US-101 northbound
approaching the Junipero Street Pedestrian O/C and was unable to react in time
to avoid the Acura, which was disabled directly ahead of him. The front of his
vehicle struck the disabled Acura broadside. Mr. Mantooth sustained minor
injuries as a result to this collision.
Mr. Sergio M. Figueroa of Santa Barbara, California was also traveling on US-101
northbound approaching the Junipero Street Pedestrian
O/C, behind Mr. Mantooth's Chevrolet. Mr. Figueroa was unable to react to the
collision occurring directly in front of him, and struck the rear of the
Chevrolet with the front of his truck. After Mr. Figueroa struck the rear of
the Chevrolet, his truck continued toward the disabled Volkswagen. The front of
his truck struck the Volkswagen broadside and also became disabled in the middle
of the freeway. Mr. Figueroa sustained serious injuries as a result of this
Two separate collisions occurred, which involved five people and five vehicles.
Four people were hospitalized and Mr. Scozarro was arrested for Driving Under
the Influence (DUI) of Alcohol.
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