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updated: Feb 17, 2014, 7:59 AM
By Edhat Subscriber
Just drove passed a wrong-way driver going
south on the north-bound side of the 101
through Summerland and Carpinteria.
Saw cop cars and an ambulance in pursuit
about 5 minutes later.
Fatal Vehicle Accident with Fire
At approximately 1:05 AM a grey car was reported by numerous parties going Southbound in the Northbound lanes of the 101 approaching Carpinteria.
At approximately 1:10 AM the car was reported crashed and on fire - North of Santa Monica Rd in the Northbound lanes.
Shortly thereafter it was reported by PD 11-44 (deceased) in the car.
Many PD and Fire units responding and have shut down all NB lanes of 101 currently.
UPDATE by CHP:
Fatal Colliison on US-101 northbound, north of Santa Monica Road
Driver of a 2001 Infiniti, age 44, of Newbury Park, was fatally injured
Rosie C. Bermudez, age 32, of Goleta, driving a 2007 Nissan, had minor injuries
Manuel Partida, passenger, age 32, of Goleta, minor injuries
Phucthanh Le, driving a 2012 Honda, age 47, of Goleta, major injuries
Thoi Pan, passenger, age 36, of Goleta, minor injuries
On 02/17/2014, at approximately 0107 hours, a fatal traffic collision occurred on US-101 N/B (El Camino Real), just north of Santa Monica Road. The collision involved an Infiniti I30, which was traveling wrong-way, southbound in the northbound lanes. The Infiniti I30 collided into a Nissan Altima, and continued southbound, out of control. The Infiniti I30 then collided into a Honda Odyssey. The Infiniti and Honda came to rest and caught fire. The driver, and sole occupant, of the Infiniti remained trapped inside the vehicle and sustained fatal injuries. The occupants of the Honda were able to escape their vehicle prior to it becoming engulfed in flames. In addition to the parties listed above, the Honda also had two children, ages 5 and 13, as passengers. California Highway Patrol Officers, Santa Barbara Sheriff's Deputies, and Carpinteria Fire Department personnel responded to the scene. The northbound side of US-101 was closed for several hours to investigate the traffic collision and to facilitate removal of the vehicles. The identity of the errant driver is not being released, pending next of kin notification. It is not immediately known if alcohol or drugs are a factor in this collision. This will be an ongoing investigation, with Officer Vysochin as the investigating officer.
Prior to this collision, the Infiniti had been reported traveling wrong-way, on US-101 N/B, at high speeds, from the Summerland area. Several California Highway Patrol units were en route to the area in an attempt to intercept the vehicle, but were unable to overtake the vehicle. It was later learned, the wrong-way driver had also been involved in a separate non-injury collision with another northbound vehicle, one to two minutes prior to this collision.
Fatal Collision Update:
The driver's name is Timothy A. Morhar.
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