Investigation Continues for Wrong Way Driver
Source: California Highway Patrol (CHP)
On March 6, 2019, at approximately 11:10 P.M., a minor injury traffic collision occurred on US-101 northbound just south of Pueblo Street. Mr. Ramirez was driving a 2015 Honda Accord wrong way within the number 1 lane on US-101 northbound. He was traveling southbound in the northbound lane of US-101 near Mission Street at approximately 35 MPH. Ms. Guerrero was driving a 2005 Nissan Sentra northbound within the number 1 lane of US-101. Mr. Hartmann was driving a 2018 Honda Pilot behind the Sentra. A head-on collision occurred between the 2015 Honda Accord and the 2005 Nissan Sentra. Mr. Hartmann was unable to avoid a collision with the 2005 Nissan Sentra. Mr. Ramirez was transported to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital by AMR ambulance service where he was treated for minor injuries. The driver and passenger of the 2005 Nissan Sentra were transported to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital where they were treated for minor injuries. The driver of the 2018 Honda Pilot did not sustain any injuries as a result of the collision and was released from the collision scene.
The number 1 and 2 lanes of US-101 northbound were closed for approximately 1 hour as a result of the collision. The traffic at that time was light and the lane closures had little impact on the flow of traffic. Alcohol and drugs were determined not to be a factor in the collision. The collision remains under investigation at this time.