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19-year-old killed after car went off the side of the road near Solvang

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Posted at 7:55 AM, Sep 13, 2022
and last updated 2022-09-13 12:08:55-04

UPDATE (9:08 a.m.) - CHP says four teens were in a car that went off the side of the road in Santa Barbara County, near Solvang, Monday night.

The teens, ages 18 and 19, were seriously injured after the car they were in missed a turn along Ballard Canyon Rd. and went off the road. Officials say the car crashed into a fence and a tree before it landed on its roof.

The driver, identified as Roberto Garcia Jr., 19, of Solvang, died after being taken to Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital.

Three female passengers, all from Santa Barbara County, suffered major to moderate injuries in the crash.

CHP says drugs and alcohol are not believed to be factors in the crash.
(7:55 a.m.) - One person was killed and three others were injured after a car went off the side of a road near Solvang Monday night.

The crash was called in at about 10:17 p.m. along the 1400-block of Ballard Canyon Dr. for a BMW sedan about 20 feet off the side of the road. Officials say it came to rest in a tree.

There were four people inside the car when it crashed. Three people were able to get out of the vehicle, and one person had to be extricated.

The patient who had to be extricated was critically injured in the crash and was taken to Santa Ynez Valley Hospital, where the patient was pronounced dead.

Two passengers had minor injuries and were taken to Marian Regional Medical Center. The other passenger had minor injuries and was not taken to the hospital.

Santa Barbara County Fire, CHP and the Santa Barbara County Sheriff responded to the crash. Three ambulances were called to take the patients to the hospital.

The accident is under investigation.