Fatal Traffic Collision in Santa Maria
By the Santa Maria Police Department
On Friday, March 17th, 2023 at 0256 hours, SMPD officers, SMFD & AMR were dispatched to Western & Bunny regarding a single vehicle traffic collision.
Upon arrival, officers discovered the driver deceased as a result of the collision. The passenger was transported to the hospital for treatment of his moderate injuries.
SMPD Traffic Unit responded for the investigation. It was determined both excessive speed and alcohol were the most likely the cause of the collision but further investigation is required.
The name of the diver is being withheld until proper notification to the decedent's family is completed.
The SMPD Traffic unit would like to thank the citizens of this neighborhood for their patience and helpfulness with this investigation. We would also like to remind everyone to enjoy St. Patrick's Day but DO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE.