A three-vehicle crash along Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) or U.S. Highway 1 on July 26th resulted in the death of a man whose vehicle was plunged over an embankment and caught fire near Lompoc.
KTLA Channel 5 in Los Angeles reports that the man killed in the crash was 50-year-old Patrick Neisinger of Lompoc. Neisinger was driving his 1995 Toyota Corolla Southbound on PCH when he became impatient with a slow-moving vehicle in front of him.
Because both southbound lanes were occupied, Neisinger, who had been the left southbound lane, decided to pass the slower vehicle by traveling in the center median lane.
While he was passing, Neisinger’s vehicle struck the vehicle that had been in front of him, sending his Toyota into an uncontrolled spin before slamming head-on into a 2014 Ford Explorer being driven by Brenda Begg, 55, of Lompoc.
Neisinger’s Toyota was sent down an embankment of PCH where it rolled over on its side and burst into flame. Begg’s vehicle suffered significant front end damage, and Begg herself was critically injured. She was transported to an area hospital with major injuries, which included a compound fracture to her leg. Her current condition has not been released.
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The third vehicle that had been traveling in the right lane was clipped in the accident, but the driver was unharmed. After speaking to officers with the California State Patrol and Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies, they were released and able to drive away from the fatal crash scene. Authorities have not released their identity.