Traffic Collision with Major Injuries at Chapala and Carrillo

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Traffic Collision with Major Injuries at Chapala and Carrillo
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(Photos: John Palminteri / KEYT News)
Update by Santa Barbara City Fire Department
1:00 p.m., May 23, 2018
 
At approximately 11:55 am fire crews working at Santa Barbara City Fire Station 1 heard a vehicle accident at the corner of Carrillo and Chapala. Truck 1 responded and found 1 person trapped and critically injured and another person with moderate injuries. They requested the assistance of Engine 1 and Engine 3. The fire crews extricated the critically injured patient and assisted with care for the moderately injured patient. This intersection will be closed temporarily so use caution if you are driving in this area.
 

Reported by Roger the Scanner Guy
12:00 p.m., May 23, 2018

Major injury traffic accident at Carrillo at Chapala, one person trapped.

Photo: John Palminteri / KEYT
 
Update and photos by edhat reader Blazer
 
At approximately 1155am a Toyota Camry traveling up Chapala street lost control at the intersection of Carrillo street and collided with a Mercedes Benz causing extensive damage to both vehicles and major injuries to both drivers. City fire responded immediately and rendered assistance to the injured.  
 
Road closure in effect on Chapala from Canon Perdido to Figueroa. Both drivers were transported to Cottage hospital. City crews are estimating full closure for several hours.
 
The driver of the Camry is 91 years old and the driver of the Mercedes is in her 30's.
 
 
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CatPower May 25, 2018 05:36 PM
Traffic Collision with Major Injuries at Chapala and Carrillo

Makes sense to me. Looks like the Toytoa Avalon was heading up Chapala Street. Mercedes was heading west on Carrillo towards the 101. One of the drivers blew through a red light, I would assume the Toyota since she claimed her brake went out. Clearly the severity of that impact shows the Toyota was traveling well in excess of 25 MPH. How often do you see sudden and catastrophic brake failure with no warning on a modern car? The answer is never. Back in the 60s it became mandatory to have the two separate brake circuits on the car. Even if you have a brake hose completely blow out, half your brakes will still work allowing you to come safely to a stop. Also take into account Chapala is slightly uphill at this point so even with no brakes, one could coast down from 30 MPH in a block or so. I'm sorry to be blunt but the "my brakes went out" lady is clearly either lying or delusional.

Potif May 27, 2018 01:35 AM
Traffic Collision with Major Injuries at Chapala and Carrillo

I think I'll leave that all up to the investigators to figure out. That being since I don't know the lady or what might have happened to her car. With all the computer systems on them now... who really knows what happened, or might have failed!? Except those who I'm sure will check the car out. Had a teacher who always said to be careful about saying anything using "always or never". And, I have heard of brakes failing... Yes, since the sixties. Even in the past 20 years or so.

a-1540011799 May 25, 2018 11:10 AM
Traffic Collision with Major Injuries at Chapala and Carrillo

It does not make sense that the second car was heading West as the damage does not indicate a wedtward direction. Also, if the brakes failed, how is it that the cautious elderly driver did not have damage to her car where you would expect to find it? Too strange indeed. Guess we will never know the whole truth of the story. Glad everyone is okay.

a-1540011799 May 25, 2018 01:30 PM
Traffic Collision with Major Injuries at Chapala and Carrillo

Yes, these are just general directions, not something to navigate the universe by. When us "locals" drive toward the mountains, it's called "north," when we head to the sea, we say "south," etc etc.... Everyone knows the general direction of things here.

a-1540011799 May 25, 2018 01:21 PM
Traffic Collision with Major Injuries at Chapala and Carrillo

Maybe it's google maps, but I do not see where either street is heading North or heading West...but possibly these directions are in relation to the North and South diection of Hwy 101? The East/West designation of the streets here does not seem to accurate. I moved to the Upper East part of sb, but upper North would be more accurate. Guess it's a local "thing."

tagdes May 25, 2018 11:24 AM
Traffic Collision with Major Injuries at Chapala and Carrillo

It makes total sense....what don't you get...west-bound Mercedes, the silver-gray car was hit on drivers side by the north-bound gold Toyota which had front end damage. The front of your car is exactly where you expect the damage to be if you broadsided someone.

a-1540011799 May 25, 2018 11:22 AM
Traffic Collision with Major Injuries at Chapala and Carrillo

I doubt "they" lied about which direction the car was heading. Also, they said it "spun around and knocked over a traffic signal before coming to rest on the sidewalk on the southwest corner of the intersection[,]" which would explain why we only see that side of the car. Also also, look at the pic of the Camry - the front is smashed. Where else would you expect to find damage on a car that T-boned another car? I wouldn't make a conspiracy out of this just yet....

Luvaduck May 25, 2018 10:12 AM
Traffic Collision with Major Injuries at Chapala and Carrillo

In situations like this, you will appear less prejudiced/ignorant if you wait until the facts are known before deciding who's to blame. It may be that the 91 year-old was at fault due to some age-related condition, but it is equally possible that the 30-something driver was doing what many in that age group are observed doing, speeding/texting/ignoring yellow lights that will turn red while her/his car is in the middle of an intersection.

a-1540011799 May 25, 2018 09:28 AM
Traffic Collision with Major Injuries at Chapala and Carrillo

Yeah, it says the older woman said her brakes failed. Weird thing was, that it also said "however" some witnesses said she ran a previous light. Well, if your brakes have failed, then you will probably run multiple lights until you hit something. Not sure why the "however" was thrown in as if to cast doubt on her claim that the brakes failed.

Col May 25, 2018 09:06 AM
Traffic Collision with Major Injuries at Chapala and Carrillo

Santa Barbara is so beautiful that a slower "Fiji time"...pace ought to be adopted. Drive slower. Enjoy a slower pace. Note surroundings. The speed limit in all of Santa Barbara and the surrounding areas ought not to be higher than 35 mph save for the freeway. So many cars with so many little dents and so many faces with scowls. If you are really as cool as you want others to think you are then...what's the hurry?

oceandrew May 25, 2018 02:23 PM
Traffic Collision with Major Injuries at Chapala and Carrillo

It used to be a lot more casual and relaxed, not quite quite "Fiji-time" or island time but close enough by California standards. That all changed when all the migrants from LA and other big cities moved here and brought their "I'm in a hurry, get out of my way" temperament with them. Yes, the very same temperament they say they were escaping!!

TomTomTomTom May 25, 2018 08:32 AM
Traffic Collision with Major Injuries at Chapala and Carrillo

We really need elderly driver checkpoints that test one's reaction and physical ability. If public safety is the goal of the invasive DUI checkpoints then we need to also use these stops to asses drivers physical abilities, regardless of the presence of substances. There are many, many people driving around town who simply do not have the capability to drive safely or react correctly. They are as much of a menace as people who have had a few drinks or a puff or two of weed. This is a major problem as many elderly are simply incapable of managing a car in their later years. This is the 3rd wreck this week by an elderly person who lost control and put others in jeopardy. Time to put the brakes on the old. If you're over 75, you get yearly ability checks. Simple, effective and good for the whole. Time to check on grandma!

mauve May 24, 2018 09:11 PM
Traffic Collision with Major Injuries at Chapala and Carrillo

Did anyone get the details/exactly who hit who? I arrived just afterwards, and the article does not sound right. The Mercedes must have hit the Camry at high speed, since the Mercedes had extensive front-end damage, and the Camry was hit broadside at the driver's door. If the Camry was truly traveling "up Chapala" (going toward Figueroa), it may have run the red light. The Mercedes, going toward State St., broadsided the Camry. But both cars were on on the Ralphs's corner---that doesn't make sense. The impact would push them the other way. I wonder if the Mercedes was the one going "up Chapala St," and the Camry was on Carrillo going toward the freeway. The Mercedes failed to stop at the red, and hit the Camry at the driver's door, driving both cars NW toward Ralphs (???).

MiloIsKing May 25, 2018 12:07 AM
Traffic Collision with Major Injuries at Chapala and Carrillo

Neither of the cars are a Toyota "Camry". The car with the front-end damage is a Toyota "Avalon". The Toyota Avalon (with the 91 year old driver) was traveling up Chapala towards Carrillo at a high rate of speed and collided with the Mercedes. The driver of the Avalon said that their car malfunctioned. My guess is that the driver of the Avalon pressed the Gas pedal thinking that it was the Brake pedal and took off up the street out of control. But that is just a guess.

a-1540011799 May 24, 2018 06:07 PM
Traffic Collision with Major Injuries at Chapala and Carrillo

Oh-ho. I was coming along Carrillo today, heading east, at around 2PM and when I saw cars backing up and there was obviously some hold up ahead, I made a U-turn and went up Bath St. instead. Smart call, eh? As if that intersection isn't always a drag, then this happens. I sure hope the injured parties will be okay. I agree with earlier comments: that seems like a mega amount of damage to the Merc. The elderly woman must have really being going like a bat outta hell when the Camry and the Merc made contact.

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