SOLVANG, CA (September 14, 2022) – On Monday night near Solvang, a car in which four teens had been traveling went off the road and crashed, killing the driver. He was later identified as Roberto Garcia Jr.

The September 12 crash occurred on Ballard Canyon Road in the 1400 block.

The time was roughly 10:17 p.m., according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff.

Responders arrived and found four occupants had been traveling in the vehicle–described as a BMW–that went off the roadway, and smashed into a tree and a fence.

The car landed upside down.

Responders worked to free the driver from the wreckage.

Responders transported him to Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital. He was pronounced deceased in the hospital.

Roberto Garcia Jr. was a resident of Solvang, 19 years old.

The three passengers had exited the vehicle on their own, according to reports. The passengers suffered injuries that were described as moderate to major.

They were identified only as female, 18 and 19 years old.

None of the passengers have been identified by name and city of residence. Reports say only they are all residents of Santa Barbara County.

To understand the crash, and why it happened, investigators are continuing their work to collect details and information.



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