Fatal Traffic Collision at Hot Springs Offramp

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Update by Santa Barbara Police Department

On Sunday night, November 29, 2020 at 11:42 P.M., Santa Barbara Police Officers responded to a report of a rollover traffic collision on Cabrillo Boulevard near Los Patos Way. 

Further investigation revealed a vehicle traveling north on Highway 101 exited at Hot Springs Road.  The vehicle continued north through the intersection with Cabrillo Boulevard without stopping and struck the curb and light pole on the opposite corner. 

The impact caused the vehicle roll several times up the embankment along the Highway 101 Southbound Offramp where it eventually came to rest.  The driver (and sole occupant) of the vehicle was ejected and later found deceased.  The decedent is a male in his 20's. The identity of the driver is being withheld pending notification of the next of kin. 


Reported by Scanner Andrew

Santa Barbara City Fire is on scene of an accident on the 101 SB Hot Springs offramp. Dark gray sedan with major damage on its roof in the bushes.

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SBTownie Nov 30, 2020 02:15 PM
Fatal Traffic Collision at Hot Springs Offramp

Amazing people are blaming this on the left-hand offramp versus considering that perhaps something impairing the driver's judgement was involved. Sure left-hand exits are very strange, but it is clearly signed and you'd really have to be distracted or impaired (perhaps by a medical emergency) to make an error this bad unless it were your first day ever getting behind the wheel of a car. Lefthand peel-offs for carpool lanes and lefthand division splitting of freeways are very common all throughout southern CA. There could be more to the story.

a-1606783520 Nov 30, 2020 04:45 PM
Fatal Traffic Collision at Hot Springs Offramp

I made the comment about the left side off ramp. If you read closely, you will see I did not blame the accident on that at all, I merely stated that that particular section of highway has always struck me as dangerously designed re:lighting. If it is dangerous for the attentive driver, eventually it will be catastrophic to the inattentive or unskilled driver.

ChemicalSuperFreak Nov 30, 2020 04:42 PM
Fatal Traffic Collision at Hot Springs Offramp

I agree that left-hand exits aren't the issue, and that one in particular suffers from the abruptness of the stop. You better be paying attention there. The Haskell exit off the South-101, just prior to the 405 transition, is similar in nature and you better be slowing down well before you take that exit or you'll never make the turn and get launched into whatever is beyond.

PitMix Nov 30, 2020 03:41 PM
Fatal Traffic Collision at Hot Springs Offramp

It's all speculation until the investigators issue their report next year sometime, but it is true that Caltrans doesn't like left hand on and offramps and argues against them when they are designing freeways. Montecito wanted to keep them, and Caltrans wants them gone, and that has been one of the sticking points in getting 3 lanes from Carpenteria to Salinas.

PitMix Nov 30, 2020 01:04 PM
Fatal Traffic Collision at Hot Springs Offramp

This is why Caltrans got rid of the left onramp to the 101 in this area and opposes them (left onramps and offramps) in general. People don't expect them and the consequences can be tragic. But Caltrans can do a better job of signage too. I'm thinking of the right offramp at Mussel Shoals that doesn't tell you that you are going to have to come to a hard stop RIGHT NOW. Just one little stop sign indicator and no 15 mph speed limit sign. That house across from the stop has been hit more than once.

d8vanilla Nov 30, 2020 11:37 AM
Fatal Traffic Collision at Hot Springs Offramp

I totally agree with 1017am """I've always thought that left-hand off ramp was a recipe for disaster. The highway curves right there, and instead of lighting the whole area, they only lit the off ramp. It makes it feel like the highway continues straight.""""

SBPDPIO Nov 30, 2020 08:07 AM
Fatal Traffic Collision at Hot Springs Offramp

On Sunday night, November 29, 2020 at 11:42 P.M., Santa Barbara Police Officers responded to a report of a rollover traffic collision on Cabrillo Boulevard near Los Patos Way.

Further investigation revealed a vehicle traveling north on Highway 101 exited at Hot Springs Road. The vehicle continued north through the intersection with Cabrillo Boulevard without stopping and struck the curb and light pole on the opposite corner.

The impact caused the vehicle roll several times up the embankment along the Highway 101 Southbound Offramp where it eventually came to rest. The driver (and sole occupant) of the vehicle was ejected and later found deceased. The identity of the driver is being withheld pending notification of the next of kin.

a-1606760243 Nov 30, 2020 10:17 AM
Fatal Traffic Collision at Hot Springs Offramp

I've always thought that left-hand offramp was a recipe for disaster. The highway curves right there, and instead of lighting the whole area, they only lit the offramp. It makes it feel like the highway continues straight.

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