Cal Poly students injured in Highway 166 crash that killed two from Bakersfield

Three Cal Poly students were injured in a crash on Highway 166 east of Santa Maria that killed two people from Bakersfield on Saturday.

At about 12:30 p.m., Cal Poly student Erica Kemp, 20, was driving a 2016 Nissan Sentra east on Highway 166 at about 60 mph, the CHP said. At the same time, Bakersfield resident Brian Scott Adams, 29, was driving a 1992 Honda Accord west on Highway 166, the agency said.

The Honda Accord crossed over the center line and slammed into the eastbound Nissan Sentra, the CHP said.

Adams and his passenger, Ashley Nicole Castillo, 29, also of Bakersfield, were pronounced dead at the scene.

Kemp received minor injuries, but her passengers, Cal Poly students Mariana Silverman, 21, and Keilani Waxdeck, 20, were seriously injured, according to the CHP.

Waxdeck, who was in the front passenger seat, was airlifted to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, while Silverman, who was sitting in the back seat, was taken by ambulance to Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria. Kemp was also taken by ambulance to Marian Regional Medical Center, the CHP said.

As of Tuesday morning, Waxdeck is still listed in critical condition, according to hospital spokeswoman Maria Zate. Neither Silverman nor Kemp were listed as patients at Marian Regional Medical Center as of Tuesday, according to hospital spokeswoman Sara San Juan.

Waxdeck is an advertising designer for Mustang Media Group, according to the Mustang News. All three are students in Cal Poly’s art and design department, according to Cal Poly’s student directory.

“The Dean of Students’ Office is in touch with each of the students/their families and is offering all appropriate support,” Cal Poly spokesman Matt Lazier said in an email to The Tribune.

The investigation into the crash is ongoing, and drugs and alcohol are not suspected in the crash, the CHP said.

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