Driver may have suffered seizure before car ran off road in SLO

mfountain@thetribunenews.comFebruary 14, 2014 

UPDATE 5:30 p.m.: The CHP reports that the driver of the car that crashed into San Luis Creek may have suffered a seizure before veering off the roadway and sustaining major injuries.

According to the CHP, a witness described seeing the 19-year-old male driver traveling south on South Higuera Street and slowing for the curve near the northbound Highway 101. The witness reported that about halfway through the turn, the vehicle veered to the right and collided with a guardrail.

The witness also reported seeing the driver having a possible seizure and that the engine revved and accelerated to about 60 miles per hour before veering to the left and off the east edge of Higuera Street.

After leaving the roadway, the vehicle traveled about 400 yards before crashing through a fence and a tree, then down a steep embankment into the creek.

The driver sustained major injuries and was taken to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center. His condition was not known Friday evening.

Original story: A serious car accident in San Luis Obispo has sent one person to the hospital with critical injuries.

At approximately 12:15 p.m., California Highway Patrol and Cal Fire responded to a single-vehicle crash off South Higuera Street in San Luis Obispo approximately one mile south of Los Osos Valley Road.

According to Cal Fire Battalion Chief Paul Lee, the car left South Higuera Street and continued to travel approximately 400 yards before coming to a stop in San Luis Obispo Creek.

The extent of the driver’s injuries were not immediately known Friday afternoon, but Lee described them as “very bad,” adding that the vehicle struck a tree on the way down to the creek, which resulted in a “critical” injury.

Lee said Cal Fire used hydraulic extraction equipment — the Jaws of Life — to free the victim, who was lowered onto a gurney, walked back to an awaiting ambulance on the roadway and taken to a local hospital.

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