San Simeon accident victim remains in critical condition

newsroom@thetribunenews.comOctober 18, 2011 

A Pennsylvania man remained in critical but stable condition Tuesday, over a week after he was injured and his wife killed in a head-on collision on Highway 1 south of Hearst Castle.

Jeffrey LaChance of Paso Robles, 55, of Paso Robles was attempting to pass a northbound tour bus, according to the CHP, when his Toyota Tundra ran into a southbound Toyota Camry on Oct. 10.

Passenger Joan Fuller, 63, died at the scene. Driver Peter Fuller, 61, was flown by air ambulance to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, where he remained in the intensive care unit on Monday.

The couples’ family is posting daily updates on his condition at

Nicole Fuller, their daughter, said, “It's kind of amazing to me, how many people have been following and touched by our story. I’ve never seen anything like it, an incredible outpouring.”

Plans for a memorial service in Pennsylvania for Joan Fuller were not yet complete as of Monday. Nicole Fuller said the family plans to hold a memorial in this area as well, but want to wait until Peter Fuller can attend.

LaChance was arrested by the CHP on a charge of vehicular homicide with gross negligence after his release from Twin Cities Community Hospital for treatment of moderate injuries. Booked into San Luis Obispo County Jail with bail set at $100,000, LaChance has since been released and is scheduled to appear in court for an arraignment on Oct. 25.

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