Michael Lewis Dies in Santa Maria Traffic Collision on Highway 101 near Main Street
Santa Maria, California (May 13, 2022) – 68-year-old Michael James Lewis, of Nipomo, has been identified as the man who was killed in a two-vehicle collision in Santa Maria on Monday morning, according to the Sheriffs-Coroner’s Bureau.
The California Highway Patrol said the accident happened at around 9:43 a.m. on Highway 101 near Main Street.
A 2007 Nissan 350Z and a 2002 Honda CRV were traveling northbound, with Honda in the right lane and Nissan in the left lane.
One of the vehicles made an unsafe lane change that led to the collision. The impact of the collision caused the Honda to overturn several times, cross the highway’s center dividing wall onto the southbound lane, and come to a stop on its wheels.
Lewis was driving the Honda and was taken to Marian Regional Medical Center with major injuries, where he later succumbed to his injuries.
20-year-old Marcos Salazar of Santa Maria was driving the Nissan at the time of the crash and was not hurt.
Police said the Honda was blocking two lanes of southbound traffic, causing an hour delay in the area.
CHP do not believe alcohol and drugs played a role in the crash.
An investigation into the crash is underway.
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