The California Highway Patrol confirmed that two 63-year-old men from Shafter were killed in a car crash on March 23. Both of the deceased victims in the accident were riding in the same vehicle. Investigators say the men were probably on their way to go fishing or camping before they were fatally struck.
The California Highway Patrol said on March 17 that a violent traffic accident on Pacific Coast Highway sliced one of the vehicles in half and killed three people. The crash happened not long after midnight near Point Mugu in Ventura County.
The California Highway Patrol reported a man was seriously injured after his parked car was struck by an alleged drunk driver in Colton on March 9. The incident took place at approximately 6:45 p.m.
Four people were killed and four others were injured in a head-on collision between a sedan and a pickup truck in Aptos on March 1. The nighttime crash likely involved alcohol, according to police, since several broken bottles and several intact bottles of alcohol were found around the sedan. Additionally, witnesses reported that just prior to the accident, the driver of the sedan was conducting the vehicle erratically and recklessly.
On Feb. 20, two people died following a wrong-way crash on Highway 101 near the county line between Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo. Authorities said the crash occurred at approximately 12:50 p.m. Southbound Highway 101 was shut down north of Santa Maria for approximately two hours as authorities investigated the crash scene. It was reopened about 3:30 p.m.