Woman Dies Days Later from Vehicle Collision Injuries
Photos: Mike Eliason / SBCFD
On September 10, 2019, at approximately 1:13 P.M., a fatal traffic collision occurred on US 101 southbound just north of Las Varas Canyon Road. A 2007 Ford F350, driven by Garrett Staab of Tucson Arizona, was traveling US 101 northbound. Mr. Staab made a U-turn from the left hand turn lane of US 101 northbound onto US 101 southbound. A 2015 Toyota Tundra, driven by Austin Buist of San Luis Obispo California, was traveling on US 101 southbound in the #1 lane.
Mr. Staab made an unsafe turning movement when his Ford partially occupied the #1 lane of US 101 southbound, traveling directly in front of a Toyota Tundra. Mr. Buist tried to avoid a collision by turning his vehicle to the right. The front of the Toyota collided into the passenger side of the Ford between the #1 and #2 lanes of US 101 southbound. The vehicles came to rest approximately 20 feet off the roadway on the right shoulder of US 101 southbound. The California Highway Patrol (CHP), Santa Barbara County Fire Department, and American Medical Response ambulance company (AMR), responded to the collision scene. As a result of the collision, multiple parties were transported to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, via AMR ambulance due to major to minor injuries.
One of the passengers succumbed to her injuries and was pronounced deceased five days later at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. The collision remains under investigation at this time. Alcohol or drugs were not a factor in this collision. Victim information will be releasable through the Santa Barbara County Coroner's office after next of kin have been notified.
Update by edhat staff
September 10, 2019
Five people were injured when two vehicles collided on Highway 101 near Las Varas Canyon Road on Tuesday afternoon.
Santa Barbara County firefighters responded to the scene west of Goleta at 1:47 p.m. According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), a white Ford F350 truck was making a left turn at an intersection when it was struck by a Toyota Tundra heading southbound on Highway 101. Both vehicles ended off the roadway in a ditch.
SB County Fire Department spokesperson Mike Eliason reported there were a total of five people involved, none of them required extrication from the vehicle. The male driver of the Ford suffered minor injuries but the male passenger suffered major injuries. The male driver of the Toyota suffered minor injuries, the female passenger suffered major injuries, and a male infant in a carseat sustained moderate injuries.
All victims of unknown ages were taken by three ambulances to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.
CHP is investigating the cause of this accident.
Injury traffic accident...Highway 101 Southbound at Las Varas Canyon Road Major Injury Accident.