ORCUTT, CA (March 10, 2022) – On Friday night in Orcutt, a wrong-way crash killed a man and caused two other people to suffer major injuries. The March 4 crash occurred on Highway 135, near Union Valley Parkway and to the south of it.
The time was roughly 8:59 a.m., the California Highway Patrol said.
A vehicle–which has not been described–was traveling northbound in the lanes that head south. The wrong-way vehicle collided with another vehicle, which has also not been described.
Responders from Santa Barbara County Fire arrived, and pronounced the suspected wrong-way driver deceased at the crash site. He was later identified as Jorge Valera Rodriguez, a resident of Guadalupe, 20 years old.
The passenger in the vehicle with Valera Rodriguez suffered injuries that were described as major. He was identified only as 21 years old. His name and city of residence have not been reported.
The person who was driving the other vehicle also suffered injuries that were described as major. He was identified only as a resident of Lompoc, 31 years old. His name has not been reported.
The current conditions of the two patients are not known.
Investigators are continuing to work on the crash.
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