Identity Released in Fatal Highway 1 Collision

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Update by California Highway Patrol

Vehicle 1: 2014 Honda driven by Linda L. Bailey, 72 of Lompoc, died at the scene

Vehicle 2: 2006 Chevy driven by Jose Tafoya, 46 of Oxnard, with passenger Jose Caudillo, 32 of Santa Barbara, no injuries reported

On 09/24/2018, at approximately 1420 hours, a fatal traffic collision occurred on State Route 1 near Mile Post Marker 11. The California Highway Patrol (CHP), Santa Barbara County Fire Department, and American Medical Response ambulance company responded to the collision scene. A 2014 Honda Accord, driven by Linda Bailey of Lompoc, was traveling northbound on State Route 1. A 2006 Chevrolet Silverado, driven by Mr. Tafoya of Santa Barbara, was traveling southbound on State Route 1. For an unknown reason, Ms. Bailey made an unsafe turning movement and drifted into the southbound lane of State Route 1 where her vehicle collided, head on, with the Chevrolet Silverado. As a result of the collision, Ms. Bailey succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased on scene by on-duty medical personnel. Mr. Tafoya and his passenger Mr. Caudillo did not report any injuries. 

CHP issued a Sig Alert and State Route 1 was closed in both directions for approximately 3 hours and 30 minutes, while CHP officers conducted the on-scene portion of this traffic collision investigation. The collision remains under investigation at this time. 

The CHP is seeking any witnesses to the collision. Please contact Officer Rogers at CHP- Buellton (805) 688-5551.


Update by edhat staff

Highway 1 is closed in both directions following a fatal traffic collision near Jalama Road.

At 2:26 p.m. Monday, Santa Barbara County firefighters responded just south of Jalama Road outside Lompoc for a report of a two-vehicle collision. 

On arrival, crews discovered a Honda Accord driven by a female, estimated to be in her 50's, was pronounced dead on arrival. It appears she lost control of her vehicle while traveling north, towards Lompoc, and struck a pickup truck, traveling south towards Santa Barbara.

The Accord ended up 15 feet over the side of the roadway. The male driver of the pickup truck was uninjured. 

California Highway Patrol has closed the highway in both directions due to heavy debris on the roadway. 


By an edhat reader

Fatal traffic collision on Highway 1, north of Jalama. At 2:21 PM today, a collision involving a gray sedan and a pick-up truck, with one 'black tag,' (11-44). CHP has closed Hwy from Lompoc to 101.

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Roger Sep 25, 2018 07:03 AM
Identity Released in Fatal Highway 1 Collision

Years ago a guy I knew plowed into a van on that road only one person in both vehicles survived and that was because Sheriffs Officers saved the woman, 13 Died both drivers under the influence of crack.

a-1545218842 Sep 24, 2018 11:01 PM
Identity Released in Fatal Highway 1 Collision

COASTWATCH: Just out of curiousity: How often do you see a driver cruising along with a dog on his/her lap? I've seen it, sure, but often enough to consider it in the same context as texting, eating and drinking, DUI? Hardly.

midair Sep 24, 2018 07:33 PM
Identity Released in Fatal Highway 1 Collision

I used to live in Lompoc many moons ago. I made that commute daily for work. However after almost being killed 3 times (once by a driver passing in my lane, once by a deer, and once by the roadway sliding down the mountain) I decided enough was enough. Moved into Goleta. Had to downsize of course but I am still alive.

CoastWatch Sep 24, 2018 05:19 PM
Identity Released in Fatal Highway 1 Collision

This is the 3RD DEATH on Hwy 1 within a week... Drivers that are driving their 4000lbs. vehicles doing 55MPH+ into innocent drivers (could have been YOU...) One fatality was due to a Mr. BRYAN CHARETTE, from Lompoc driving DRUNK and killing an innocent driver. Draw your own conclusions to the cause of the drivers driving over the line and into innocent drivers... Texting ? Talking? Distracted by eating, drinking or having their dog on their lap...? PLEASE DRIVE and concentrate on DRIVING- Lives depend on you ...

a-1545218842 Sep 26, 2018 12:18 PM
Identity Released in Fatal Highway 1 Collision

Losing control of their vehicle because they were TALKING??? And now blaming lap dogs too?? Or reaching for a cup from the center console cup holder?? Y'know, COASTWATCH, your hyperbole is reaching the absurd.

a-1545218842 Sep 24, 2018 05:37 PM
Identity Released in Fatal Highway 1 Collision

I agree COASTWATCH. Too often now there are even wrong way drivers on freeways. Yesterday there was a road rage incident too. I see so many people not paying attention, still texting even talking on the phones. I don't care if they kill themselves, but when they put other's lives at risk sorry, go smash into a wall instead.

a-1545218842 Sep 24, 2018 03:31 PM
Identity Released in Fatal Highway 1 Collision

To JB86 comment, don't think it has anything to do with "a bad streak of luck". It's people making ridiculous choices on a road that has all of the elements of danger (curves and single lanes).

Pebblehill Sep 24, 2018 03:30 PM
Identity Released in Fatal Highway 1 Collision

Someone that lives in Lompoc pointed out that aside from the drunk and/or distracted driving, a lot of folks that live in Lompoc work 2-3 jobs and are running on very little sleep when they drive Highway 1 between Lompoc and the 101 Freeway. I also think that since the road was just repaved this past month that cars are driving even faster on this road than before.

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