Motorcyclist Identified in Fatal Highway 1 Collision

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Photo: Santa Barbara County Fire Department (SBCFD)
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Update by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
August 2, 2022

The Coroner's Bureau is releasing the name of the decedent from the fatal traffic crash on 7/28/22 on Highway 1 near San Antonio Road in Lompoc. The decedent is 33-year-old Faysal Hekmat of Santa Maria.

By the edhat staff
July 28, 2022

A motorcyclist has died following a collision with three vehicles on Highway 1 Thursday morning.

At 7:49 a.m., the Santa Barbara County Fire Department received the call near San Antonio road. 

Vandenberg Space Force Base (VSFB) emergency response joined on the scene and discovered the motorcyclist had fallen 40 feet over the side of the roadway after colliding with three vehicles. 

The rider was pronounced deceased on the scene. Another motorist sustained life-threatening injuries to a lower extremity and was transported to Marian Regional Medical Center.

Highway 1 is closed at San Antonio Road. Northbound lanes are closed at the VSFB main gate. Southbound lanes are closed at the south "y intersection." Unknown estimated time of reopening.

This is a developing story.

[Ed Note: This article includes updated information from the SBCFD including 3 vehicles involved instead of the previously reported 2]


#HWYInc: Fatality Motorcycle Accident Update: 3 vehicles & 1 MC. 2 x non-injury, 1 deceased MC rider 40’ over the side. 1 Red tag w/life threatening lower extremity injuries transported to MMC w/SBC M34. HWY 1 WB@Firefighter Rd closed.

— Scott Safechuck (@SBCFireInfo) July 28, 2022


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JW Supermoto400 Aug 03, 2022 04:18 PM
Motorcyclist Identified in Fatal Highway 1 Collision

Still in shock over the loss of my friend and co-worker Faysal. The shock is starting to wear off though.. It's turning to anger as I have so many questions left unanswered. Why? What caused this young lady to cross the median and set such a tragedy in motion? God's speed to you Faysal. Ride in PARADISE brother!!! Until we meet again.

CreekMoe Jul 31, 2022 09:37 AM
Motorcyclist Identified in Fatal Highway 1 Collision

It takes a few head on collisions before Cal Trans puts in center dividers.

Especially on curves.

Freeways get the priority due to speeds being greater.

Or the politicians in a district have more pull with funding.

And if the High Speed Rail Project in the Central Valley not take funds away,
there may have been a fix for the Hwy 1 risk of old road design.

There should be a list of road projects someplace.


SB_TAHOE Jul 29, 2022 09:54 AM
Motorcyclist Identified in Fatal Highway 1 Collision

I too am a rider and the photos attached to the Noozhawk atricle are disturbing. For her sake I sincerely hope that Ms. Mesa has an extremely good reason for crossing the center divider and entering the oncoming traffic lanes, if she doesn't then she needs to be charged with vehicular homicide.

a-1659067652 Jul 28, 2022 09:07 PM
Motorcyclist Identified in Fatal Highway 1 Collision

I urge you to read the noozhawk story. In fact, I'll quote some of it.

"The crash occurred as the SUV — driven by Natalia Mesa, 21, of Santa Maria — was headed north in the right-hand lane at 60-70 mph, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Keith Rogers.
The SUV veered across the dirt center median, Rogers said, and slammed head-on into a southbound motorcycle riden by a Santa Maria man, whose name was being withheld pending notification of relatives.
The rider was ejected from the motorcycle, struck the SUV, and ended up down an embankment off the roadway, Rogers said.
The motorcycle, which reportedly caught fire after the crash, subsequently collided with the front of a Lincoln Navigator driven by Amalia Solorio, 65, of Santa Maria, Rogers said."

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