One Person Killed in Motorcycle Crash on Highway 101 in Santa Barbara

Update: Motorcyclist Killed in Wednesday's Crash Was 31-Year-Old Ojai Man Reportedly 'Traveling in and out of All Traffic Lanes, at a High Rate of Speed'

A fatal traffic crash Wednesday morning on the US 101 NB south of Salinas has closed one lane of the highway. | Credit: Courtesy

[Update 9/2/22] The Ojai motorcyclist killed in Wednesday morning’s crash on Highway 101 has been identified by the Sheriff’s Office as Joshua Latham, 31.

[Update 2:50 p.m.] The person killed in Wednesday morning’s crash on Highway 101 in Santa Barbara was a 31-year-old man from Ojai, according to a statement from the California Highway Patrol. The man, whose identify has not yet been released, was driving a 2022 Yamaha motorcycle and “traveling in and out of all traffic lanes, at a high rate of speed,” according to CHP.

The man’s motorcycle then collided into the left rear of a blue 2022 Honda CRV located in the number three lane just south of the Salinas Street offramp, ejecting him from his motorcycle and onto the roadway. The California Highway Patrol, Santa Barbara County Fire Department, and American Medical Response responded to the crash scene, where the man succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead by medical professionals.

The driver of the Honda, a 61-year-old woman from Ojai, was reportedly uninjured. The crash is still under investigation by CHP’s Santa Barbara office. The use of alcohol and/or drugs by the driver is under investigation, but no arrest was made.

The number one lane of the northbound 101 south of Salinas Street was closed for approximately two hours.

Anyone with information regarding this crash is requested to contact the CHP’s Santa Barbara office Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., at (805) 967-1234. 

[Original Story] A motorcycle crash on U.S. 101 in Santa Barbara just south of Salinas Street offramp has claimed the life of at least one person, and the Sheriff’s Coroner is on its way to the scene. The call came through to emergency services at about 10 a.m. on Wednesday, August 31, according to California Highway Patrol traffic information, which indicates another party was involved.

One lane of the northbound highway is closed through to the early afternoon, the CHP tweeted at about 11 a.m. No further details are available as CHP officers are onsite in an investigation of the accident.

This story will be updated as information becomes available.

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