Fatal Ballard Canyon Vehicle Collision

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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