18-Year-Old Woman Identified in Fatal Orcutt Accident 

Melisa Gonzalez-Bautista, of Santa Maria, fell victim to a rear-end collision Saturday night.

The tragic accident took place on July 2nd in Orcutt, which is in Santa Barbara County. 

Bautista was a left rear passenger in a northbound Nissan Sentra. 

The Nissan was traveling on Highway 1 when a speeding Honda Civic slammed into the back of it. 

Upon impact, the Civic rolled over. The collision occurred around 10:23 p.m. 

Sadly, Bautista was killed and the driver of the Nissan, a 19-year-old woman, suffered minor injuries. 

It was also reported that the 41-year-old male driver of the Civic was struck by a GMC Yukon after exiting his vehicle. 

The crash remains under investigation.

JT Legal Group sends our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Melisa Gonzalez-Bautista.

Speeding is without a doubt one of the leading causes in motor vehicle accidents, killing 9,478 people in 2018 according to the NHTSA. It was also a contributing factor in 26% of traffic accidents that resulted in death(s). The dangers of speeding include: 

  • Loss of control of vehicle 
  • Increase in crash severity 
  • Increase in fuel consumption and/or cost 
  • Reduces the effectiveness of protection equipment

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