Head-On Accident on Highway 101 in Santa Barbara Kills 80-Year-Old Man
SANTA BARBARA, CA (May 6, 2021) – Police identified an 80-year-old Santa Barbara man as the driver who died after a truck crossed lanes and collided into his Jeep pickup Monday near the Nojoqui Summit.
Michael Channing Peake died at the scene of the collision, according to police.
The accident occurred on Highway 101 south of the Nojoqui Summit at 7:30 a.m. Monday. The CHP’s preliminary investigation found that Peake was driving northbound on Highway 101. At the same time, the driver of a GMC truck, identified as 34-year-old Juliel Montez of Salinas, was traveling southbound when the collision occurred.
For unknown reasons, Montez traveled into the northbound lane and sideswiped Peake’s Jeep pickup.
Multiple emergency units responded, including the Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol, Santa Barbara County Fire Department and an American Medical Response ambulance.
There are no concrete barriers installed between the northbound and southbound lanes at that location.
At this time, police did not cite or arrest Montez. However, the cause of the collision remains under investigation.
We extend our deepest condolences to the grieving family and friends of Michael Peake.
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