Santa Barbara man involved in Santa Ynez head-on crash succumbs to his injuries

Deer causes chain reaction of crashes


Multiple sources including the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office have confirmed that one of the drivers involved in the head-on crash on Highway 154 on Nov. 14 has passed away from his injuries.

The victim was identified as 39-year-old Santa Barbara resident Jorgen W. Stufkosky.

Stufkosky was taken to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital with major injuries after John Stashenko, 33, crashed into Stufkosky as a result of a deer striking Stashenko's windshield.

Stufkosky was placed on life support but succumbed to his injuries on Nov. 16, according to a GoFundMe page set up in Stufkosky's memory. 



The California Highway Patrol and emergency responders are on scene of a head-on vehicle crash near the area of Armour Ranch Road and Highway 154.

Two people suffered major injuries and had to be extricated from their vehicle. A Calstar helicopter and Copter 308 from Santa Barbara County Air Support out of the Santa Ynez Airport, assisted with airlifting the two crash victims to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

Santa Barbara County Fire Capt. Dave Zaniboni said the extrication took quite a while for firefighters due to the seriousness of the crash.

The crash was reported shortly after 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. The caller stated that a red Toyota Prius, involved in the crash, may have struck a deer on the roadway causing the driver to swerve into an oncoming white Dodge Caravan, according to CHP and the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

The two victims are described as men in their late 30's, possibly early 40's.

No further details were immediately known.

A second vehicle crash was reported near Stagecoach Road and Highway 154 at about 6:02 p.m. The driver of that car was reportedly involved in a rollover but managed to exit his vehicle with unknown injuries.

The crash is being investigated by CHP.

This article has been updated with the latest information.

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