Update, 1:30 p.m.
Officials have identified the 28-year-old woman killed early Friday morning after the vehicle she was driving crashed into a palm tree off Highway 101 near Santa Barbara.
Jordan Marie Conklin had an Atascadero address on her driver’s license, but next of kin said she was living in Malibu, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.
According to Conklin’s Facebook page, she also lived in Cambria and graduated from Coast Union High School in 2007.
An Atascadero woman was killed early Friday morning after crashing into a palm tree off Highway 101 near Santa Barbara.
The 28-year-old sustained fatal injuries while driving her black 2013 Subaru Crosstrek south on the freeway, just north of Garden Street, according to Officer Jonathan Gutierrez of the California Highway Patrol.
The woman veered off the road about 1 a.m. for unknown reasons and crashed into a tree, Gutierrez said. The vehicle split apart after it hit the tree, said Battalion Chief Robert Mercado of the Santa Barbara City Fire Department.
“It hit the tree with such impact that it sheared off the front of the vehicle,” Mercado said, adding that the engine came to rest about 50 feet away from the main wreckage.
The woman was declared dead at the scene, Gutierrez said. Firefighters had to extricate her remains from the wreckage, Mercado said.
It’s unknown whether alcohol or drugs were a factor in the crash, Gutierrez said. The crash remains under investigation, but Mercado said it appears the driver either fell asleep or lost consciousness.
“There were no skid marks, which leads me to believe there was no conscious effort to stop,” Mercado said.
Noozhawk executive editor Tom Bolton contributed to this story. Bolton can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.