SLO High student in critical condition from collision

January 30, 2013

Alex MaierA 17-year-old San Luis Obispo High School student is in critical condition following a collision Monday evening on a Highway 101 off-ramp. [KSBY]

Alex Maier was driving a Ford F-150 truck southbound on Highway 101 in San Luis Obispo around 8:30 p.m. Monday when his pickup collided with another car on the Santa Rosa off-ramp. Maier’s vehicle spun around on the off-ramp, crashing into a highway sign and launching over the guardrail.

Emergency crews extracted Maier from the truck and rushed him to a local hospital. The driver of the other vehicle only suffered minor injuries.

Maier is a senior at San Luis Obispo High School, where he is a member of the soccer team. The soccer team was schedule to play Mission Prep Tuesday evening, but officials postponed the game. Maier recently scored a game winning goal for his squad.


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Another tragic example of just how fragile human lfe is. Even with seatbelts and air bags, you are never fully safe in a car crash. The fact that the other driver was barely injured, also shows the trickiness of car crashes.

I agree with the posters here. That off ramp and others along that stretch were poorly designed and are too short with severe curves right off the highway. This is the same off ramp that has seen several cars fly off the roadway and land in the home that sits right next to he roadway.

That exit is also made even more dangerous because the on ramp for the previous exit shares a lane with the off ramp.That mixes vehicles going 55+ with cars just getting up to speed. Very dangerous.

Frankly, I’m surprised there aren’t more accidents like this at that exit.. We have the same situation here in Morro Bay with the Main Street on ramp and exits on both sides of the highway. I avoid them whenever I can.

My condolences to this young man’s family.I think we all feel the tragedy. God bless them and the students at SLOHS.

I doubt seriously that Caltrans would allow such exits/on ramps to be built today.

This is terrible news. The Maier family is in our thought and prayers. The Maiers are a wonderful family and Alex was a fine young man.

I see that they have indeed announced that the young man died.

As any parent I am at a loss for words at how tragic it must be to lose a child. As many who have followed this, I am saddened and sick to see such a young life come to an end. I pray for the family to find the strength in these trying times. God bless them and all of the young people out there driving. Be careful and be safe.

My son goes to school with Alex’s younger sister (Leah), and he found out tonight that Alex did not make it (sister’s facebook page had the update).

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Maier family for their tragic loss.

Isn’t Santa Rosa an overpass? Offramps are Lemon st. Toro st.& Osos st. (It’s been a while, maybe one is marked Santa Rosa?) Anyway hope everyone recovers, and yes they are all very short.

Mirror adjustments on big trucks and vans although larger than car mirrors is an art. You could have those big truck mirrors adjusted well and a small car can be right next to you on your blind side and not see it even if you glance over your shoulder with the checking your mirrors (especially nowadays with cars being made smaller).

This is a short and tricky off ramp I always avoid it if I can!

I deal with this offramp daily – Very dangerous!

Surprised this isn’t more common on those death trap SB 101 on and off ramps with the tiny accel / decel zones.

Yeah, I was thinking the same thing: some of those on/off ramps are way too short… I am glad both drivers are alive, and I hope this young man has no serious / permanent injuries as a result.