Two people run over and killed on the Cuesta Grade

August 30, 2017

Two passengers were ejected from a car that crashed on the Cuesta Grade Tuesday night, then run over by other vehicles and killed. [KCOY]

Additionally, the person who was driving the car suffered major injuries, and another passenger was slightly injured. Alcohol may have been a factor in the crash.

The deceased victims are believed to have been in their late teens or early 20s and from the Central Valley. They were not wearing seat belts at the time of the collision.

Shortly before 11 p.m., the vehicle was headed southbound on Highway 101 about halfway down the Cuesta Grade when the driver lost control, slammed into a dirt embankment and then hit the concrete center divider, causing the two victims to be thrown from the vehicle.

At least two other vehicles ran over the victims’ bodies after they were ejected. Officials have yet to release the identities of the victims.

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Carnage on The Central Coast all due to drinking and driving! This and that student run over in SLO. Despite hours of ‘anti drinking and driving’ education these tragedies keep happening. Grow up! Before its too late.

Such a tragedy! I feel really bad for their families, of course, but also the poor souls who ran them over! A body is not something I expect to suddenly appear when traversing down the grade.

Definitely a tragedy. Although I don’t know the exact circumstances here, I honestly I don’t think there is any excuse to run over a body in the road if drivers are paying attention like they should. Drivers should be ready to see and avoid any possible roadway hazard: bodies, cargo that fell off a truck, rocks, roadkill, etc. Too many drivers these days are distracted by cellphones, passengers, or just lulled into a false sense of security that nothing unexpected is going to be lurking around the next corner.

Adolescent invincibility can be deadly. I have rarely spoken to a teen who actually knows about this as a phase of development–nor do they know their brain is undergoing synaptic pruning. We rarely explain things to teens–but they deserve this information.

Come on people, wear your seat belts. It’s a no brainer.

No pun intended.