Maria Sanchez De Bautista and Yazmin Bautista Sanchez Killed in Collision on Highway 101 near El Capitan State Beach
Santa Barbara, California (July 20, 2021) – 52-year-old Maria Sanchez De Bautista and 20-year-old Yazmin Bautista Sanchez have been identified as the two Santa Maria women who were killed in a multi-car crash on Highway 101 in Santa Barbara last week Thursday.
The deadly collision occurred on Highway 101 near El Capitan Ranch Road at about 8 a.m. July 15, according to the California Highway Patrol.
A 2003 Ford Expedition driven by a 29-year-old woman and carrying four passengers was traveling northbound in the right-hand lane of Highway 101 when it drifted into the left-hand lane and crashed into a 2017 Ford F-450 driven by 65-year-old Michael Hebert.
The Expedition then continued across the median and collided with several vehicles including a 2017 Honda Accord, driven by 31-year-old John Lopez III and a 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan driven by a 23-year-old Lompoc woman.
The impact of the collision caused the Expedition to overturn onto its right side across the southbound lanes of Highway 101.
2 Santa Maria Women Killed in Multi-Vehicle Pileup on Hwy 101 near El Capitan Ranch Rd Identified
A passing 2017 Chevy Bolt driven by 50-year-old Sharon Shields, of Buellton, swerved but could not avoid hitting the overturned Ford Expedition.
Debris from the collision struck a Toyota Tundra pickup truck driven by 38-year-old Kyle Brito, of Orcutt.
Maria and Yazmin were riding in the Expedition and were killed in the accident.
The driver of the Expedition and two passengers sustained major to moderate injuries in the crash and were transported to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital for treatment.
Both directions of Highway 101 were shut down as the officers examined the scene.
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office and the CHP are investigating the crash.
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