Two people sent to hospital after car crashes into motorcycle

Santa Barbara roadway temporarily closed

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Two people were taken to the hospital with serious injuries after a car crashed into their motorcycle near the intersection of Ontare and State Street in Santa Barbara early Saturday morning.

Just after 12:30 a.m., Santa Barbara police officers were in the area on an unrelated call when witnesses approached them to report they had seen and heard the crash, according to Santa Barbara Police Sgt. Brian Larson.

The motorcycle driver and passenger were loaded into two separate ambulances and taken to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. At least one person was ejected from the motorcycle.

The driver and passenger of the black sedan involved remained on scene cooperating with investigators. The driver received a breathalyzer test, but Sgt. Larson said he was not over the alcohol limit. No DUI arrest was made.

The crash will remain under investigation by the Santa Barbara Police Department who says it appears the car, which was traveling westbound at the time, violated the motorcycle's right-of-way as it attempted to make a turn in front of the Sandpiper Lodge motel parking lot.

The roadway was temporarily closed while fire crews helped clean up debris and broken glass, and a tow truck helped clear the vehicles from the street.

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