Officers have released the names of three people killed late Sunday afternoon in a head-on crash on Highway 166 near New Cuyama.
They have been identified as Alejandro M. Santiago, 19, of Santa Maria, Denise L. Courtis, 54, of Bakersfield, and Robert L. Swarens, 61, of Citrus Heights.
According to the California Highway Patrol, Santiago was heading westbound on Highway 166 in a Ford Escape, east of Bell Drive, when, for unknown reasons, he crossed into oncoming traffic, colliding head-on with a Ford Explorer.
Courtis was reportedly driving the Ford Explorer with Swarens as her passenger.
They along with Santiago all died at the scene.
The exact cause of the crash remains under investigation.
The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office released a statement Saturday afternoon after a video was published showing the final moments of San Luis Obispo County Jail inmate's life.
Release of a video purportedly showing the death of an inmate at the San Luis Obispo County Jail has triggered calls for a new sheriff and district attorney. The video has also reopened wounds for inmate Andrew Holland's family. "As we've watched this go forward, the chair is an instrument, the tool that killed our son," said Carty Holland, the father of Andrew Holland. "You can have the chair, I suppose, I don't see the need for the chair with the staff, but one thing...