One person killed in head-on crash in Atascadero

October 8, 2022


One person was killed in a head-on crash on Highway 41 in Atascadero on Saturday.

Shortly before noon, a driver was headed westbound on Highway 41 near Old Morro Road East when he crossed over the double yellow line and crashed into another vehicle. The driver who crossed over into oncoming traffic died at the scene. His name is not being released pending notification of his next of kin.

First responders transported the eastbound driver to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center for treatment of major injuries.

A third vehicle, which was also traveling eastbound, swerved off the roadway to avoid the collision, but the driver lost control and the vehicle struck a telephone pole. This driver was uninjured.

Investigators are asking anyone who witnessed the collision to contact the Atascadero Police Department at (805) 461-5051.

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Why is it so difficult to stay on the right side of a double yellow line? Distracted driving?

This is too bad. One dead, one seriously injured. We don’t know yet what happened. Perhaps the driver who crossed over had a medical incident. It’s tragic whatever happened. But there is a larger issue. The roads around SLO County are getting crowded, and from what I see commuting every workday, quite a few people are driving aggressively. It’s not worth it.

“Medical incident”, I doubt it. Aggressive driving, yes. The CHP is focused on the guy they can catch at 75 rather than the guy who won’t settle on 75 with the other traffic and drives dangerously pretending he’s a NASCAR driver for his entertainment.

I merely stated that we don’t yet know. We have to consider all possibilities.