Cuesta Grade Wrong-Way Collision Results in Injuries
CHP reported a wrong-way collision in Cuesta Grade on Sunday morning, March 27th.
The incident occurred at 5:13 a.m. on Highway 101 in San Luis Obispo County.
24-year-old David Lopez was traveling the wrong way before colliding head-on with a vehicle driven by Duane Adent, also 24, of Santa Maria.
Upon impact, Adent’s vehicle spun off and flipped several times.
The wreck also caused debris to strike the windshield of another vehicle, driven by Chris Beard, 51.
Paramedics rushed Adent to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center with moderate injuries.
Additionally, Lopez was treated for minor injuries.
It was also discovered that Lopez was under the influence of either alcohol or drugs at the time of the crash. He has been arrested on suspicion of DUI.
The crash remains under investigation.
Although crashes involving wrong-way driving account for only 3% of motor vehicle accidents, they usually have a higher fatality rate as they are often head-on collisions. A study in Virginia concluded that those accidents which include wrong-way driving are twenty-seven times more likely to end in a fatality compared to other types of accidents.
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