Identities Released in Fatal Garden Street Collision

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Update by Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
4:00 pm, October 22, 2021
 
The Coroner's Bureau is releasing the names of the decedents from the vehicle accident on 10/20/21 on the 101 southbound Garden Street on-ramp: 29 y/o Oscar Moreno, and passenger, 34 y/o Jessica Honor both from Santa Barbara. [California Highway Patrol]  is investigating the vehicle accident.

Update by edhat staff
12:00 pm, October 21, 2021

Two confirmed deaths in a traffic collision and fire at the Garden Street onramp on Wednesday evening.

Around 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, emergency responders were on the scene of the Highway 101 onramp in Santa Barbara for a sedan that crashed into a wall and caught on fire.

California Highway Patrol initially confirmed one fatality but scanner traffic stated there were two fatalities. Later, it was confirmed that two people indeed did pass away from this collision, a 29-year-old male driver and 35-year-old passenger who are not yet identified.

The vehicle, a 1997 Mercedes S500 exited Highway 101 at the Garden Street off-ramp, proceeded through the intersection, and crashed into a concrete wall near the highway on-ramp. The vehicle rolled then caught fire leaving the two occupants trapped. Both were pronounced dead on arrival. 

This is a developing story and will be updated with information as it becomes available.


By Scanner Andrew
6:20 pm, October 20, 2021

Multiple callers reporting a vehicle that crashed into a wall and caught on fire on Garden street near the Highway 101 onramp

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JB86 Oct 20, 2021 06:57 PM
Identities Released in Fatal Garden Street Collision

This was a fatal. Thought I heard CHP dispatch refer to removal of 'bodies,' plural, but am not certain. Since original reports indicated two occupants, that is plausible, and tragic.

JB86 Oct 20, 2021 11:29 PM
Identities Released in Fatal Garden Street Collision

Andrew. Thanks for the info. Bad news, but reality. In addition to the families' grief, the first responders will carry the images forever. 45 years after seeing the aftermath of a similar incident, I still can't forget the scene. Horrible.

JB86 Oct 21, 2021 04:04 PM
Identities Released in Fatal Garden Street Collision

Offmylawn; back in the early '70s I was a federal investigator and worked with a lot of state and local agencies. In that connection, what I saw that stuck with me were Highway Patrol evidence photos of vehicle fire victims, 'in situ,' taken at the scene. You can't 'unsee' such things, so I can imagine first responders having to deal with it big time.

halibut52 Oct 22, 2021 08:55 AM
Identities Released in Fatal Garden Street Collision

My hypothesis is the freeway was backed up so he was doing the "exit re-enter" maneuver to gain position on the stopped traffic. Speeding down the off ramp to make the light somehow lost control crossing Garden St & jumped the curb & hit the wall. So sad.

SB_TAHOE Oct 22, 2021 09:34 AM
Identities Released in Fatal Garden Street Collision

I own a body shop and have been in the car repair industry for almost 40 years. That Mercedes is both well engineered safety-wise, and a “tank”. For the front end to be that smashed the vehicle had to be traveling at a high rate of speed and under throttle when it hit the wall. I highly doubt it was simply a brake failure and if it was, the driver could have continued up the on-ramp to to try to lose speed. I don’t have any idea what did happen though.

SBTownie Oct 22, 2021 10:16 AM
Identities Released in Fatal Garden Street Collision

Seriously. Thanks for your professional expertise. My first thought was that this looked like the Princess Diana wreck of same era Mercedes, and it is now known they were traveling around 65mph when they crashed.

ms1234 Oct 25, 2021 01:57 PM
Identities Released in Fatal Garden Street Collision

Hello,

I would like to share the link where the Moreno family is asking for assistance on the memorial and funeral costs. This was my friend's dear brother and any donations, will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
https://www.gofund.me/a010cd65

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