On December 28, 2014, shortly after 5:30 p.m. a Santa Maria women was killed in a single vehicle car crash. According to The Santa Maria Times, the collision happened on southbound Highway 101 just south of Donovan Road leaving one dead and two others seriously injured. Officers say the vehicle drifted to the right shoulder and onto the dirt grass area where it struck the sound wall and then a large tree.

The crash also sparked a fire in a tree and surrounding vegetation. Units from the Santa Maria Fire Department  extinguished the blaze and helped extract two of the injured from the vehicle. The third person was found dead in the car as it continued to burn.

The driver of the vehicle, 22 year-old Travis Dashek, was arrested for driving under the influence. Witnesses report seeing Dashek’s 1999 Chevy Blazer, traveling in an erratic manner just prior to the collision.


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