2 San Luis Obispo County residents killed in 2 car collision

August 4, 2012

A 62-year-old Paso Robles woman and a 50-year-old Nipomo man died Saturday night as the result of a two-car collision in Templeton.

The Paso Robles woman was driving westbound on Highway 46 near Vineyard Drive at a high rate of speed when she crossed over the solid double line in an attempt to pass several cars and drove into the path of a silver GMC Silverado driven by the Nipomo man. The Lexus came to rest on the eastbound lane while the Silverado landed on its top down an embankment.

The Paso Robles woman died at the scene. Emergency medical personnel transported the Nipomo man to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center where he died of his injuries shortly after arriving at the hospital.

The names of the victims are not being released pending notification of their next of kin.

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May they rest in peace. God Bless all.

Goes to show how one stupid decision can change life in an instant… this accident was horriffic… saw firsthand damage to the truck- amazing the guy lived as long as he did as bad as the damage was. The lady also had her dog with her… poor dog was being comforted by a member of the fire dept while cleanup occured and I thought that was sweet. I will be haunted by what I saw for awhile…

If you listen to the CHP this accident was entirely the fault of the line of cars in front of the Lexus moron who were probably driving at or above the speed limit, but did not pull over to let the a-hole speeder behind them drive as she wished. Very sorry for the man from Nipomo. Happy that the woman is no longer on the road and the carnage was not worse.

If you’re holding up 5 cars you MUST pull over to let them by regardless of the speed limit.


It sounds like the CHP is trying to make that important point. No one else is “happy” about any of this.

Thanks for the reminder, Kevin. This is one law that is constantly not upheld and is most noticable when driving on the highways in our area. Never in all th times I have driven to Morro Bay from Atascadero has a driver pulled over when they had 5 or more cars behind them. I think some people love the control factor in doing this.

On a two-lane highway where passing is unsafe because of traffic in the opposite direction or other conditions, a slow-moving vehicle, including a passenger vehicle, behind which five or more vehicles are formed in line, shall turn off the roadway at the nearest place designated as a turnout by signs erected by the authority having jurisdiction over the highway, or wherever sufficient area for a safe turnout exists, in order to permit the vehicles following it to proceed. As used in this section a slow-moving vehicle is one which is proceeding at a rate of speed less than the normal flow of traffic at the particular time and place.

Amended Ch. 448, Stats. 1965. Effective September 17, 1965.

I drove this highway twice yesterday. – perhaps the front car may have pulled over – I do it as a rule myself, but I wonder how fast the drivers of the five cars were already going 5-10 MPH faster than the posted 55 MPH. We’ll never know… I wonder if a cell phone was involved?

There is no “happy” in this story whatsoever.

Blessings to those who lost their loved ones.

I hope the dog recovers and is placed in a loving home.

But wait, if it was a double yellow line she crossed to pass, the line of vehicles are not ‘entirely’ at fault. And in fact if it was a double yellow like the CHP first reported, she put everybody’s life at risk and in a bad position. Now, lets find out if it was in fact an illegal pass or not before we hammer one party or the other.

I don’t think you ever have the right to pass other cars on the double yellow regardless of how many cars are in front of you or how slow they are going. This is what the CHP should be emphasizing. Double yellow means unsafe and “limited visibility” of oncoming cars.

I am very sorry for the family of the Nipomo man who was innocently driving on his side of the road. His family has been notified and there are many condolences on the KSBY web site.

I don’t understand why the names of the two victims have not been released.

Two wrongs doesn’t make the person holding up traffic right. The five car rule is intended for both courtesy and safety. If your discourtesy causes impatience and a bad decision resulting in the death of two will you sleep well? Defensive driving is about removing yourself–and everyone else, by extension–from harm’s way, not being the root cause of harm by policing the roadway.

As my dad once said:

“There is more time than life. Don’t take unnecessary risks.”

Wise words. The 50 year old driver was innocent and his life was taken, no fault of his own.