Cambria siblings killed in crash, driver was victim’s boyfriend

July 16, 2015
Patience Robbins

Patience Robbins

A 20-year-old woman and her 11-year-old brother died in a crash Tuesday afternoon in which the woman’s longterm boyfriend plunged a pickup more than 200 feet off a cliff adjacent to Highway 46 West. [KSBY]

Patience Robbins, 20, and William Robbins, 11, were the oldest and youngest of five siblings. Patience Robbins’s boyfriend, 22-year-old Ismael Ochoa, survived the crash and is receiving treatment for undisclosed injuries at Sierra Vista hospital in San Luis Obispo.

Ochoa and Patience Robbins, both graduates of Coast Union High School, had been dating for seven years. They were moving into an apartment together in Atascadero and had just finished dropping off boxes at their new home.

On the way back to Cambria, Ochoa lost control of the vehicle. The crash occurred shortly before 4 p.m. about eight miles east of Highway 1.

Investigators do not suspect drugs or alcohol factored into the crash. Ochoa told CHP officers that he fell asleep at the wheel prior to losing control of the vehicle.

Ismael Ochoa with Robbins

Ismael Ochoa with Robbins

The pickup then began drifting toward the right shoulder, and Ochoa overcorrected, according to the CHP. The vehicle crossed all lanes and drove off the southern edge of the highway.

It came to a rest at the bottom of a steep canyon.

William Robbins was not wearing a seatbelt. The crash threw him from the truck.

The 11-year-old boy had attended Cambria Grammar school and was preparing to begin middle school. Patience Williams was attending Cuesta College and working at El Colibri Boutique Hotel in Cambria.

Their mother is a single mom who is struggling financially and must move out of a rental by the end of the week. A spokesperson says the family hopes to raise $20,000 for funeral and service arrangements.

A celebration of life ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday at Shame Park in Cambria. Those who wish to help the family are asked to contact Monica Soto at (805) 540-1245.

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So sorry to hear of this horrific accident. Our deepest condolences to the family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Rest in Peace Patience and William Robbins.

God Bless

Patricia Robbins McGehee

So much heartbreak and tragedy in this story. I cannot begin to imagine what this mother and family are going through. There was a time in my life I had to scrape together and borrow money to bury a loved one who unexpectedly died, it was horrible on so many levels. I hope our community can help this family–financially and emotionally.


I have nothing more to say.

Terrible tragedy. Any parents worst nightmare is to lose a child, and these poor people lose two on the same day. Horrible situation.

Unbelievable that anyone would give your comment a thumbs down.

Pretty cold hearted.

Haters gonna hate.