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CHP identifies 2 people killed in Highway 154 crash

Two people were killed and two were injured Tuesday, March 21, 2017, in a collision on Highway 154 near Painted Cave Road in Santa Barbara County.
Two people were killed and two were injured Tuesday, March 21, 2017, in a collision on Highway 154 near Painted Cave Road in Santa Barbara County.

Authorities released the names of the two people who were killed Tuesday afternoon in a car crash on Highway 154 in Santa Barbara County.

The two-vehicle accident — involving a Honda Civic and a full-size Dodge pickup truck — occurred in the westbound lane east of Painted Cave Road at about 2:35 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.

Both occupants of the Civic were declared dead at the scene.

They were identified as driver Ashley Lynn Aparicio 34, and passenger Rodolfo Jesus Jimenez, 23, both of Santa Maria, according to Kelly Hoover, a spokeswoman with the Santa Barbara County Coroner’s Office.

Aparicio was driving east when she lost control of the car, and it crossed over into the westbound lane and the path of the pickup, said CHP Officer Jonathan Gutierrez.

The Dodge collided with the passenger side of the Honda.

The driver of the pickup, Michael Franken, 54, and his passenger, Lisa Franken, 62, both of Canyon Lake, were also injured in the collision, Gutierrez said.

Both were taken by AMR ambulance to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital with moderate injuries.

It was unknown if drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash, according to the CHP.

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