Authorities have released the names of the two people killed Monday night when the car they were riding in slammed into the back of a big-rig on Brown Road east of Highway 1 near Guadalupe.
The four-door Saturn sedan was eastbound on Brown Road shortly before 7 p.m. when it sped through a stop sign at the intersection with Highway 1, crossed the railroad tracks and collided with the semi-trailer, which was parked on the side of Brown Road, California Highway Patrol Sgt. Charles Hoops told Noozhawk.
Declared dead at the scene were the driver, Juventino Olivera-Pastor, 22, of Santa Maria, and his passenger, Edwin Sanchez-Salazar, 21, of Santa Maria, according to Kelly Hoover, a spokeswoman with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.
“Because of the speed, the vehicle lost control, spun out of control, struck the back of a parked big-rig trailer, and the impact caused two fatalities in that vehicle,” Hoops said.
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The car ended up hitting the truck sideways before becoming wedged under the left rear of the semi-trailer, with the Saturn nearly facing the opposite direction it was heading.
The driver of the semi, a 31-year-old man from Bloomington, was not hurt, the CHP said.