On Saturday night, there was a fatal head-on collision involving an impaired wrong-way driver. According to Santa Barbara’s Noozhawk, the wreck happened on Thompson Avenue, between East Knotts Street and Rancho Road, at about 10:30 p.m. Very little information has been released about this fatal wrong-way crash, but initial reports indicate that one person was killed, and two other people were injured, one of them critically.
The wrong-way driver was headed north in the southbound lane of the roadway and struck another vehicle head-on. A passenger in the other vehicle suffered from fatal injuries. The wrong-way driver was critically injured and rushed to Marian Regional Medical Center. That person was placed under arrest at the hospital on suspicion of driving impaired.