Shortly after 5 p.m. on Tuesday, September 10, 20-year-old Fernando Eulogio, of Santa Maria, was killed and 64-year-old William Bryson, also of Santa Maria, was injured in a collision near Guadalupe. Eulogio entered a curve in the road where Simas and Betteravia Roads meet from a dirt shoulder and collided with the SUV Bryson was driving, the impact sending both vehicles into an agricultural ditch and causing Eulogio’s vehicle to rollover. He suffered fatal trauma. Bryson sustained moderate injuries. The California Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.
Throughout Santa Barbara County, traffic collisions claimed the lives of or caused injury to 2,510 people in 2010, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety. The OTS ranked San Barbara 35th out of 58 counties for its incidence of fatal and injury collisions in a rating system in which 1st place is considered the worst. Statewide, 2,720 people were killed in crashes that year.
Under California law, those who have been injured or lost a loved one in a collision may seek compensation for the expenses related to their recovery or loss through the civil claims process. To learn more about the rights of accident victims and their families, please call 866-981-5596 or contact us through our online form.
Everyone at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis, and Leslie would like to offer their condolences to the family of Fernando Eulogio. We would also like to wish a full recovery to William Bryson.