Man killed in collision with wrong-way driver in Paso Robles

March 15, 2023

Fatal crash on Highway 101 in Paso Robles, photo by Glenn O’Hagan


A man was killed in a head-on collision with a wrong-way driver on Highway 101 in Paso Robles Tuesday evening, according to the CHP.

Shortly after 11 p.m., a driver in a black sedan was headed northbound in the southbound lane of Highway 101 when the sedan crashed into a white pickup truck near Wellsona Road. Emergency personnel worked on the driver of the truck, who died at the scene.

First responders transported two people to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center for treatment of their injuries, according to scanner traffic.

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Was the wrong way driver under the influence of drugs or alcohol? This unfortunate fatality is proof that pickups aren’t as safe as some might think.

If you see “Red” someone can end up dead should be a CHP tagline. All highway lane reflectors show Red reflection, not White, when driving in the wrong direction, but most people are unaware of this. It certainly isn’t promoted. The highway lights up in bold red when headed the wrong way.

A simple message or tagline received when sober may help cut through the fog when drunk.

The Wellsona intersection is dangerous enough without wrong way drivers added in.

The issue of poor lane markings from age or during and after construction also needs to be addressed. We have many areas that from recent patchwork or poor painting that it is difficult to see lane markings, especially at night and during poor weather conditions.

Instead of “Red = Dead” maybe they could do a product tie-in with Johnnie Walker Red label so you really hit that demographic.