Santa Maria is Second Worst CA City for Hit and Run Collisions
KCOY Central Coast News recently reported on the disturbing discovery that Santa Maria ranks number two out of 103 California cities for most hit-and-run collisions. The California Office of Traffic Safety has just released the report, which ranks cities according to their population and number of hit and run crashes.
This news may not come to a surprise to officers with the Santa Maria Police Department (SMPD). Sergeant Jesus Valle, with the SMPD, reports that since January, there have been 31 hit and run wrecks involving injuries. He also mentions that out of five recent fatal traffic collisions, three involved pedestrians and two involved hit and run. Out of 103 cities, Santa Barbara was number five on the list, and San Luis Obispo was number 44.