SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - A 39-year-old Santa Barbara man is dead following a crash involving his 2015 Toyota Prius on U.S. Highway 101 southbound just north of the Carrillo Street off ramp.
The crash happened at about 11:50 p.m. Thursday. The California Highway Patrol says 71-year-old Paso Robles resident Jerry Johnson experienced a tire blow out and began to slow down as he started to move towards the right shoulder.
That's when Johnson felt a sudden impact to the rear of his car, according to CHP. "He parked his vehicle on the right shoulder and ran back to the collision scene," said CHP in a statement. "Mr. Johnson saw a Toyota Prius with collision damage resting against the guardrail on the right shoulder and called 911 to report the incident," reads the statement.
The 39-year-old unidentified driver was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. Johnson was not hurt in the incident according to CHP.
The fast lane of southbound Highway 101 at the crash site was closed for about one hour and a half for the investigation.
It's unknown if alcohol and/or drugs played a role in the collision. The cause of the crash is under investigation by CHP. We will update this story when new information becomes available.