Fatal Ballard Canyon Vehicle Collision

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Update by the edhat staff

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) confirms Roberto Garcia Jr., 19 of Solvang, has been identified as the victim in Monday's crash.

Initial reports state Garcia, who was driving the BMW sedan, failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway leading to the collision.

The CHP confirms alcohol and drugs do not appear to be a factor.


By the edhat staff

One person has died in a vehicle collision on Ballard Canyon Road in Solvang Monday evening.

Santa Barbara County firefighters responded to the 1400 block of Ballard Canyon Rd. at 10:17 p.m. and discovered a BMW sedan had crashed over the side of the roadway.

The sedan also collided with a tree before rolling approximately twenty feet down an embankment.

County firefighters initially reported four patients were involved, three of them self-extricated and one required extrication.

There was one minor injury that did not require transport, two moderate injuries that were transported to Marian Regional Medical Center by ground ambulance, and one critical injury that was transported to Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital before airlifting to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. 

Efforts to stabilize critical patient at Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital were unsuccessful and the patient was pronounced deceased prior air transport.

The cause of the collision is under investigation. 


Photo: SBCFD

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CoastWatch Sep 13, 2022 10:52 AM
Fatal Ballard Canyon Vehicle Collision

That road is way too narrow in blind curves and is in a state of disrepair like so many of our SB County two lane back roads... RIP

154DailyDriver Sep 13, 2022 07:27 PM
Fatal Ballard Canyon Vehicle Collision

Yep should regrade that country road into a 4 lane highway with full barriers so people can drive safely without the worry of danger.
So glad I moved to the country.

Lina24 Sep 13, 2022 03:12 PM
Fatal Ballard Canyon Vehicle Collision

Awww, only 19. My prayers for his loved ones during this terrible time. RIP young man, may you be resting in the comforting arms of Jesus right now.

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