County Lines: Passenger dies in collision with large truck near Betteravia, Philbric Roads |

SAINTE MARIE

Passenger dies in collision with large truck near Betteravia and Philbric Roads

A passenger died on Monday after the vehicle he was traveling in collided with a large rig near the intersection of Philbric and Betteravia roads, causing the truck to lose control and knock down a power pole , according to the California Highway Patrol.

The collision was reported shortly after 6:30 a.m. near the intersection, where a Honda sedan was approaching southbound on Philbric Road and the large truck, which was carrying a trailer, was traveling westbound on Betteravia Road, according to the CHP officer Maria Barriga.

Barriga said a preliminary investigation showed the Honda had a stop sign at the intersection and made a left turn ahead of the large truck, which had the right of way.

The big truck swerved the Honda, with the collision sending the truck south off the road and into the pole, flipping it onto Betteravia Road, according to Barriga. The large rig trailer overturned after the truck collided with the pole, she added.

Barriga said an unidentified adult male seated in the left rear passenger side of the Honda died in the collision.

Additionally, the collision caused a small fuel leak and the tractor-trailer driver suffered a non-life-threatening injury, according to Santa Barbara County Fire Department spokesman Mike Eliason.

The CHP issued a SigAlert at 7:46 a.m., closing southbound Philbric Road at Stowell Road, westbound Betteravia Road at Philbric Road and eastbound Betteravia Road at Telephone Road.

The collision is under investigation by the CHP.

LOMPOC

Passenger injured, 2 cats extracted from vehicle after collision

An injured passenger and two cats were pulled from a vehicle Monday following a head-on collision near the intersection of Highway 246 and Campbell Road east of Lompoc, the fire department says of Santa Barbara County.

The incident was reported at 6:32 a.m. when two vehicles collided head-on near the intersection, which is located about 7 miles west of Lompoc, according to Captain Daniel Bertucelli.

Upon arrival, emergency personnel located a critically injured patient trapped inside a vehicle that was removed using heavy extrication equipment, according to Bertucelli. Additionally, two cats were removed from the vehicle, he added.

The collision caused heavy damage to one vehicle, while the other vehicle overturned on its side along the road. Traffic restrictions were initially put in place but have since been lifted. The cause of the collision is being investigated by the California Highway Patrol.

Emergency units that responded included two county fire engines, an ambulance and the CHP.

BUELLTON

Goleta man arrested after dog robbery at Tractor Supply Co.

A Goleta man has been arrested on suspicion of being charged with theft following an incident in which he attempted to take several power tools from Buellton’s Tractor Supply Co. and fled in a vehicle with a dog, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.

According to spokeswoman Raquel Zick, deputies were dispatched to report a forcible robbery at the store in the 200 block of the 246 Freeway and were told a suspect had a fight with an employee while stealing power tools.

Zick said an employee provided a description of the suspect, identified as Isaac Rodriguez, 26, and his vehicle, including the license plate number and that a small dog was inside the vehicle as he headed for the 101 freeway.

Sheriff’s Headquarters deputies were monitoring the call and located Rodriguez’s vehicle in the area of ​​Walnut and Dawn lanes shortly after 11 a.m., stopped the vehicle and detained Rodriguez, according to Zick.

Boxes of new power tools were reportedly found inside the vehicle after Rodriguez was pulled over. Additionally, deputies located the little dog, who was taken home, and also returned the power tools to Tractor Supply, according to Zick.

Rodriguez was arrested for robbery, possession of a controlled substance and driving with a suspended license, and jailed at the Santa Barbara County Main Jail. His bond was listed at $100,000.

SAINTE MARIE

The Marian Regional Medical Center will hold a car seat rodeo

Marian Regional Medical Center will host a car seat rodeo on Saturday, May 7, when child safety seat experts are available for inspections and demonstrations.

The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Marian’s Church Street parking lot, across from Ambulatory Services. Experts will be on hand to check individual safety seats and explain correct installation, while emphasizing the importance of knowing the laws and regulations surrounding car seats.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, between 50% and 75% of all individual child safety seats are installed incorrectly.

As of 2017, children under 2 must travel in rear-facing seats unless they weigh more than 40 pounds. Additionally, children must use booster seats until age 8 or until they reach 4 feet 9 inches, whichever comes first.

The Car Seat Rodeo is free and no appointment is necessary.