One person died Tuesday in a head-on crash that occurred between Santa Maria and Guadalupe.
At approximately 6:20 a.m., personnel from the Guadalupe and Santa Barbara County Fire departments, along with American Medical Response paramedics and the California Highway Patrol, were dispatched to the intersection of Brown and Betteravia roads, county fire spokesman Mike Eliason said.
Francisco Mejia, a 45-year-old Santa Maria man, was driving a 1996 Honda sedan west on Betteravia Road, toward the intersection at Brown Road, the CHP said in a news release. The speed he was driving is currently unknown, the CHP said.
At the same time, 62-year-old Enrique Cervantes of Guadalupe was driving a 2003 Chevrolet truck east on Betteravia Road at a speed of about 45 mph, approaching the intersection at Brown Road, the CHP said.
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As Cervantes approached the intersection, Mejia turned his car to the left, directly into Cervantes’ path, the CHP said. Cervantes hit the brakes in an attempt to slow down, but couldn’t avoid the collision, the CHP said.
Mejia was pronounced dead at the scene, and Cervantes was not injured, the CHP said.
The CHP will investigate the cause of the crash.