SANTA MARIA, Calif. - LATEST UPDATE
The California Highway Patrol has released their traffic collision report into a Santa Maria crash involving a Guadalupe police officer Sunday morning.
The report says Officer Oseguera, no first name given, was driving southbound on Highway 1 near Brown Road between 45 and 50 mph at the same time that 18-year-old Miranda A. Miranda of Nipomo was driving her 2001 Toyota Tundra northbound within the southbound lane at approximately 70 mph.
Officer Oseguera applied his breaks after noticing Miranda approach him, and attempted to swerve into the northbound lane to avoid the crash. However, Miranda also swerved to the northbound lane at the same time resulting in a head-on collision.
The officer's detained passenger, identified as 30-year-old Guadalupe resident Abacuc Lopez Sanchez, was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries that included: Chin laceration, bruising and swelling to his throat. The report describes his injuries as major.
Officer Oseguera suffered bruises to his wrists, abdomen, knees and shin as well as hand lacerations, according to the traffic collision report. He was also taken to the hospital with moderate injuries.
Miranda suffered only minor injuries with bruises and lacerations to arms and hands. She was arrested for suspicion felony DUI.
The crash remains under investigation.
Guadalupe police patrol car and pickup truck collide in early morning hours. (Santa Barbara County Fire Department photo)
A Guadalupe police officer and his detained passenger were hurt in a crash near Highway 1 and Brown Road in Santa Maria early Sunday morning.
Both, officer and passenger, suffered only minor injuries and were taken to Marian Regional Medical Center, according to Santa Barbara County Fire Capt. Dave Zaniboni.
For unknown reasons, the police patrol car and a pickup truck collided shortly after 2 a.m. The driver of the pickup was not injured.
Authorities closed off the roadway while an investigation and cleanup were conducted. Both vehicles involved suffered extensive damage.
The cause of the crash is under investigation by the California Highway Patrol.