Man dies in head-on crash in Orcutt

April 4, 2023


A wrong-driver died after causing a head-on collision in Orcutt Monday evening that also severely injured the other driver. 

Shortly before 7 p.m., a man was driving the wrong way on southbound Highway 135 about a half-mile south of Clark Avenue, according to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department. The man then crashed into an oncoming car.

Emergency personnel arrived at the scene and pronounced the man deceased. Firefighters extricated a woman from the other vehicle. 

A helicopter airlifted the woman to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, where she arrived in serious condition. 

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Distraction is ‘off the charts’ these days. Glad to see that myriad of airbag deployment on the Toyota RAV4. I hope the innocent woman makes a full and complete recovery. She was driving a solid vehicle giving her some great protection. That is a significant part of the equation when I bought my wife an AWD RAV4 a year ago. Hope we never have the opportunity to test those airbags!

National Highway Traffic Safety numbers for 2021 just came out. Highest death toll in 16 years — with a 10.5% increase over 2020.

12% rise in fatal crashes involving at least one distracted driver.

I’m surprised there wasn’t a higher jump from 2020 to 2021, considering we were all restricted in travelling or on lockdown due to Covid. So that isn’t much of an insight. But the number of accidents due to distracted drivers is still very concerning.