Identities Released in Fatal Traffic Collision

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Identities Released in Fatal Traffic Collision
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Update by the Santa Maria Police Department
July 9, 2018

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. 


Source: Santa Maria Police Department
July 6, 2018

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.

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a-1553029525 Jul 10, 2018 12:45 PM
Identities Released in Fatal Traffic Collision

Knowing that your irresponsible, daredevil selfish actions caused the death of three people would have been a horrific burden to bear. It is fitting that he has joined those he killed.

Potif Jul 10, 2018 11:50 PM
Identities Released in Fatal Traffic Collision

The survivor is going to have a real hard time. And, I suspect the police officer who first saw the erratic driving is also going to have a difficult time, even though, as Roger pointed out, he probably could not have stopped him.

Potif Jul 09, 2018 09:11 PM
Identities Released in Fatal Traffic Collision

Before anyone says something, I do now realize they weren't on a freeway... And both cars probably weren't going 65-70 MPH. But, with one car doing about 100 MPH and the other even 30 MPH, a straight head on collision would still be like hitting a concrete wall at about 130 MPH.

Potif Jul 09, 2018 09:03 PM
Identities Released in Fatal Traffic Collision

Even if both cars were doing 65-70 MPH, a straight head on collision would have been like hitting a sturdy concrete wall at about 130-140 MPH. Not sure if seatbelts would have really helped that much. And if the truck was going faster...? I'm sure the first officer wishes he had stopped him when he observed him. Sadly, just that he didn't is going to be hard for him to forget.

Roger Jul 08, 2018 10:42 AM
Identities Released in Fatal Traffic Collision

3/4 Mile from the accident the suspect driving over 100 mph recklessly I doubt the officer could have caught up to the subject depending on how far away he was from him.

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