New Jersey man dies in three-car crash on Highway 46

May 10, 2017

A 29-year-old New Jersey man died and a Cayucos woman was injured in a three-car crash on Highway 46 near the Shandon Rest Area Tuesday night. The collision occurred after the victim drifted into oncoming traffic.

After slamming into an oncoming car, the New Jersey man’s car was hit by a third vehicle, and the impact threw the victim onto the road. In addition to the fatality, a 66-year-old Cayucos woman suffered  a broken leg, ankle and knee, as well as fractured ribs.

Around 9:17 p.m. Tuesday, the New Jersey man was driving a 2002 Honda Civic eastbound on Highway 46 just west of Lucy Brown Road. For unknown reasons, he lost control of the car and crossed the centerline into westbound traffic, according to a CHP press release.

The Cayucos woman, who was driving a 2015 Honda Civic, was traveling westbound and was too close to evade the oncoming car. The Cayucos woman’s car was broadsided by the right side of the New Jersey man’s Civic.

A 35-year-old Washington man driving a 2008 Toyota Prius tried to avoid the wreck. However, the front of his car collided with the right front of the New Jersey man’s civic. The Washington man suffered minor injuries.

Investigators have yet to determine the cause of the crash. Drug and alcohol use are not believed to have been factors in the incident.

Authorities have yet to release the identity of the victim and the other individuals involved in the collision. Tuesday’s crash was the fourth fatal collision on Highway 46 over the last month and a half.

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Traveling this road on a regular basis, there are many drivers who are impatience and pass at unsafe locations along this area. Wish more police could monitor this area.

Seems like 4 fatal accidents in the last 3 or so months, all within a few miles of each other.

And the Bood Alley carnage continues unabated.

I would love to see some follow up on these crashes and to see if I-phone use is involved.

Anyone know?

How is it possible to crash a car unless a person is drinking, using drugs or texting? I thought there was no such thing as an accident, and that each and every crash featured someone to blame? How are attorneys going to make money without someone to blame?

And if police are “monitoring” will this result in anything besides increased revenue to the state and county?

Some things are just dangerous. Driving on 46 is one of them. I think re-designing the road (takes 30 years of planning the way things work) is a far better solution than increasing police presence and blaming everything on texting, drinking or drugs….especially when those things aren’t a factor in the crime.

In the mean time, perhaps we should all approach this stretch of road like it’s dangerous and deadly…which it is. It’s not casual “fun” driving. And I don’t know if 100 new cops and 200 new laws will change that.