ORCUTT, Calif. - An early morning car crash in Orcutt has left one woman dead and the driver arrested on suspicion of DUI.
The wreck happened at about 1:40 a.m. Monday morning on Highway 135, just south of Santa Maria city limit.
California Highway Patrol says a 2016 Lexus was traveling at a high-rate of speed northbound on Highway 135 and made an unsafe driving maneuver.
The driver lost control of the car, crashed through a chain link fence, and struck a concrete bench before stopping on its roof on Orcutt Rd in front of Los Pinos Apartments.
A driver was identified as 25-year old Cameron Oliver of Santa Maria. Inside were three passengers, one male in the front seat, two female occupants in the back.
Oliver, along with the male passenger in the front, were able to exit the car on their own. Oliver suffered minor injuries, while the male passenger suffered a wound to the scalp and declined medical attention. However, the two women in the back were both pinned inside.
CHP says one of the female passengers was extricated by fire personnel and transported to Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara with major head injuries. The other female in the back seat was pronounced dead at the scene. The victim has been identified as 37-year old Leann Stauffer of Santa Maria.
CHP determined Oliver was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash and was arrested.
Orcutt Rd. between Winter Rd. and Goodwin Rd was closed for several hours while authorities investigated the scene. The road was reopened at 6 a.m.