At about 2:40 p.m. on Thursday, January 12th, a semi driver was killed and Kelli Lynne Groves and her family, of San Juan Capistrano, were seriously injured in a crash on the 101 Freeway near Buellton. The accident occurred in the northbound lane of the freeway near Santa Rosa Road when the semi rear-ended the BMW in which Groves and her daughters, ages 10 years and 10 weeks, were occupants, explains a California truck accident attorney. The impact pushed the BMW into the railing of a bridge, leaving it hanging over the edge until firefighters arrived, while the semi continued on through, crashing into the creek bed below and bursting into flames. Authorities pronounced the driver of the truck dead at the scene, while Groves and her daughters were transported to a local hospital.
Buellton accounted for none of the 35 fatalities and 16 of the 2,203 injuries suffered by motor vehicle occupants in traffic accidents throughout Santa Barbara County in 2009, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System. The California Office of Traffic Safety compares the accident statistics of counties with similar populations, giving those with the poorest records the worst rankings, with 1st place being the worst. That year, Santa Barbara ranked 31st out of 58 counties.
All of us at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer our condolences to the family of the semi driver killed in the crash in Buellton. We would also like to wish a full recovery to Kelli Lynne Groves and her family.
The Orange County Register originally reported this accident.
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