Driver Identified in Fatal Head-On Traffic Collision

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Driver Identified in Fatal Head-On Traffic Collision
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Update by Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

Crash Victim Identified

On Friday, July 26, 2019, a head-on vehicle collision occurred on Highway 1 north of Constellation Road. As a result of the collision one person was killed and one person was critically injured. The decedent has been identified as 50-year-old Patrick Neisinger of Lompoc. Next of kin has been notified.

Update by edhat staff

New reports claim the driver who died in this collision attempted to pass vehicles occupying both lanes by driving into the center median.

All drivers were in the southbound lanes when the passing vehicle clipped one of the southbound vehicles and crossed into oncoming traffic, reports KEYT.

The passing vehicle then collided head-on with a white SUV in the northbound lane. The passing vehicle then went off the road where it caught fire, killing the driver. Their identity has not been released. 

The driver of the white SUV, an elderly woman, was taken to the hospital with major injuries. There were no other injuries in the third vehicle involved.

By edhat staff

One person was pronounced dead on the scene of a multi-vehicle head-on collision on Highway 1 Friday morning. 

At 11:13 a.m., Santa Barbara County Fire Department responded to Highway 1 and Constellation Road in Lompoc in the Vandenberg Village area. They found three vehicles to be involved in a head-on collision where one vehicle went over the side of the road and caught fire, reports Public Information Officer Daniel Bertucelli.

Crews on the scene confirmed one fatality and another patient in critical condition who required major extrication from their vehicle. That patient was transported to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital by a Calstar helicopter.

Fire crews remained on scene to clean up the area and law enforcement is investigating the cause of the collision.

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'goose Aug 01, 2019 10:24 AM
Driver Identified in Fatal Head-On Traffic Collision

Since the new construction a few months ago, some stretches of the road from Buellton to Lompoc are 65 (they are 4 lanes). The rest, (2 lanes) are 55. From Harris grade intersection to Hwy 135 in Santa Maria, it's 65, There appear to be 2 lanes, but it's actually 4 with a very wide, overgrown brush and sometimes k-rail, divider. Why anyone would try and drive through the brush is a mystery.

Shasta Guy Jul 26, 2019 09:34 PM
Driver Identified in Fatal Head-On Traffic Collision

Too many speed demons on that stretch of road. Your life isn’t worth getting to Lompoc 5 min sooner. Poor woman, I hope she fully recovers. I travel that a lot for work. I keep it at 59mph max, and I don’t care how many impatient people back up behind me.

a-1576156138 Jul 26, 2019 05:13 PM
Driver Identified in Fatal Head-On Traffic Collision

Someone passed me on this road yesterday and he had to be going 100 mph. Not exaggerating. I was going 65, the speed limit. It was a black BMW and he got off on Santa Lucia Road.

Flicka Jul 26, 2019 03:13 PM
Driver Identified in Fatal Head-On Traffic Collision

Poor woman, through no fault of her own, badly injured when she was simply headed down the road. Hope her injuries can be healed without lasting problems. But, as we get older it takes a toll on our ability to overcome injuries.

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