By Santa Maria Police Department
On 12/6/22 at 2110 hours, Santa Maria Police Officers responded to a call of a traffic collision near Broadway and Morrison. During the investigation they discovered two separate collisions had occurred.
Initially, two vehicles were involved in a traffic collision at Broadway and Morrison. After the collision, two occupants of one of the vehicles were pushing their vehicle out of the roadway.
At this time, a third vehicle, driven by Emiliano Sanchez Najera (a 32-year-old resident of Santa Maria), was headed northbound on Broadway. Sanchez’ vehicle collided with the two pedestrians and the vehicle they were pushing.
One of the pedestrians sustained major head injuries and the second sustained major injuries to his lower extremities. Both were transported to a hospital for medical treatment and are expected to survive.
It was ultimately determined one of the drivers from the initial collision was driving while intoxicated. Sanchez, the driver from the second collision, was also found to be driving under the influence of alcohol. Sanchez was arrested and booked for DUI.
This investigation is ongoing. The Santa Maria Police Department is requesting anyone with information on this case contact the Traffic Bureau at 805-928-3781 extension 2291