Crime

One Santa Maria mother dead, another on life support in suspected DUI crash in Orcutt

Vehicles drive on Highway 135 in Orcutt where crosses, flowers, statues and candles make up a memorial at the site of a crash near Orcutt Road. One woman died and a second woman was critically injured in the crash suspected to involve a drunken driver.
Vehicles drive on Highway 135 in Orcutt where crosses, flowers, statues and candles make up a memorial at the site of a crash near Orcutt Road. One woman died and a second woman was critically injured in the crash suspected to involve a drunken driver.

One Santa Maria woman was killed and another is on life support following a suspected DUI crash in Orcutt early Monday morning.

Leann Stauffer, 37,was declared dead at the scene in the early morning wreck, while Tricia Jensen, 37, suffered critical injuries and was flown by helicopter to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Dave Medina.

The crash involving a 2016 Lexus occurred at 1:40 a.m. on northbound Highway 135 near Lakeview Road.

The driver of the vehicle, Cameron Oliver, 25, of Santa Maria, sustained minor injuries and was taken by ambulance to Marian Regional Medical Center, the CHP said.

Oliver, who was believed to be under the influence of alcohol, was arrested, according to the CHP.

He posted $100,000 bail and was released from custody Tuesday morning.

A bail hearing in Santa Barbara County Superior Court is scheduled for March 8.

As of Wednesday, representatives of the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office had not decided what charges to file against Oliver.

Delays in filing decisions can occur while authorities complete their investigations of crashes.

A fourth person in the vehicle, Brian Freeborn, 38, of Santa Maria, sustained minor injuries but declined medical treatment.

GoFundMe pages have been set up to help the families of Stauffer and Jensen, both of whom are mothers.

The GoFundMe page for Stauffer’s family raised $6,200 toward the $15,000 goal as of mid-day Wednesday.

The page noted the loss of Stauffer, who was “a wonderful mother, daughter, sister, and friend from this earth.

“Leann Stauffer has influenced so many of our lives. She had the best laugh, was fearless, and she was positive regardless of what was going down in her life She impressed us with her strength, the love she has for her two daughters, and that totally gorgeous smile!”

On her Facebook page, Stauffer listed that she was in a relationship with Oliver.

Stauffer is survived by two daughters.

Ricky’s House of Pizza in Orcutt will hold a fundraiser Feb. 15, when a portion of the evening’s sales will be donated to Stauffer’s family.

One of Stauffer’s daughters works for the eatery, which also has a special tip jar to collect donations.

Funeral arrangements for Stauffer are under the care of Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary in Santa Maria.

On the GoFundMe page for Jensen, she was described as “our favorite Mom, Coach and Friend.”

“Tricia has always been a beautiful free spirit, always willing to help anyone in their time of need. It is now our time to help and pray for our beautiful friend,” the page said.

As of Wednesday, the page has raised more than $10,500 toward the $20,000 goals.

She has three children, Lucy, Logan and Lindy Jensen.

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