Multi Vehicle Collision with Injuries on Cliff Drive
Update by Santa Barbara Police Department
On May 7, 2020, at 1:08 A.M., the Santa Barbara Police Department, Fire Department and AMR responded to the 1500 Block of Cliff Drive for a serious injury collision involving a moving motor vehicle and two parked cars. The initial investigation revealed a 2020 Range Rover was driving East on Cliff Drive at a very high rate of speed when it clipped a parked Volvo wagon then careened into a parked Scion sedan.
The velocity of the Range Rover caused the Scion to be hurled 160 feet down the road from where it was parked. The Range Rover then rolled, struck several trees and a concreate retaining wall. The Range Rover's roof separated from the vehicle completely and was ejected down the road. The debris field spanned over 1300 feet.
A female driver and her female passenger were extricated from the Land Rover by first responders. Both occupants sustained major injuries. They were transported by ambulance to Cottage Hospital.
Impairment and speed appear to be major contributing factors to the collision.
The Santa Barbara Police Department’s Traffic Collision Reconstruction Team responded to the scene and took over the investigation. The 1500 Block of Cliff Drive was closed due to the investigation until afternoon.
When the investigation is completed, findings will be submitted to the Santa Barbara District Attorney’s Office for review.
Source: Santa Barbara Police Department
Santa Barbara Police are investigating a multi-vehicle major injury collision that occurred in the 1500 Bock of Cliff Drive in the early A.M. hours of the morning.
Cliff Drive is closed in both directions from Salida del Sol to Santa Cruz. Avoid the area.
The Santa Barbara Police Department Collision Reconstruction Team is on scene.
The closure and investigation is expected to last into the late afternoon.