Identities Released in Fatal Traffic Collision
On July 6, 2018 at 2319 hours Santa Maria Police Officers responded to an injury traffic collision at Stowell and Blosser. Upon their arrival, officers found two vehicles with major damage and multiple injuries. One subject was transported to the Marian Medical Center and the second to a hospital in Santa Barbara. At the scene, three people in a Cadillac Escalade passed away from injuries sustained as a result of the collision. The driver of the Toyota Tundra died a few hours later at a hospital in the Santa Barbara area.
The decedents were identified as:
- Leonicelle Abaigar, 47 years, Texas
- A female juvenile, 13 years, Texas
- Necitas Santa Maria, 52 years, Washington
- Jesse Angel Plata Jr. 27 years, of Arroyo Grande
The investigation is ongoing, Traffic Investigators are requesting anyone who might have seen the collisi on to please contact the Santa Maria Police Department at (805) 928-3781 x 2297.
At about 11:19 PM, a Santa Maria Police officer observed a white Toyota pickup driving recklessly, westbound Stowell Road from the JC Penney parking lot . Shortly after, the officer reported a possible traffic collision in the intersection of Stowell Road and Blosser Road. Both vehicles involved sustained major damage. The Toyota pickup observed by the officer was one of the vehicles involved. The other vehicle involved was a Cadillac Escalade.
The driver of the Toyota was airlifted to Cottage Hospital via Cal Star and an occupant in the Cadillac was transported to Marian Regional Medical Center via ambulance. Three other occupants in the Cadillac were deceased on scene.
The intersection remains closed for investigation and the public is asked to use alternate routes while the Santa Maria Police Department Traffic Unit conducts a thorough investigation.