According to the California Highway Patrol, in late February, a Chevy Silverado entered Highway 101 going north at a southbound exit. This resulted in a fatal crash and closure of the southbound lanes for part of the afternoon that same day.
The crash occurred at approximately 12:50 p.m. In order to avoid additional car accidents, traffic was rerouted until approximately 3:30 p.m. A Battalion Chief for the Santa Maria Fire Department indicated that the crash resulted in a fire. One individual was extricated from the wreckage.
After entering the freeway going the wrong direction, the pickup was involved in a head-on collision. The 57-year-old male driver was declared dead at the scene near the San Luis Obispo-Santa Barbara county line. An ambulance removed two other people from the scene to seek emergency medical care. The 71-year-old male driver of a Ford Fiesta reportedly died later that same day. The CHP has stated that his 70-year-old female passenger was treated for serious injuries. The two people shared the same last name.
The exact nature of the couple's relationship was not spelled out. However, the available details would lead many people to assume that this was an elderly married couple. In a case where an individual is grievously injured and a loved one has also died, some people will file a wrongful death suit. Even though the driver responsible for the accident also died in it, a successful wrongful death suit may be able to get restitution from their estate. A good way to increase the odds that a suit will be successful is to contact a lawyer as soon as possible. This can help preserve evidence and increase the odds of success in a case.