Driver Identified in Fatal Head-On Traffic Collision
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.