Victim of fatal Highway 101 crash ID’d as Santa Barbara man, 51

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Article Date: 6/21/2010 | Resource: MLG

Victim of fatal Highway 101 crash ID’d as Santa Barbara man, 51

A 51-year-old Santa Barbara man was killed Sunday night in a three-car crash that blocked lanes for hours on Highway 101 north of Ventura, authorities said this morning.

Michael Charles McAdams was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash on Highway 101 southbound south of the Hobson Road undercrossing, said Armando Chavez a senior deputy Ventura County Medical Examiner. An autopsy to determine the exact cause and manner of McAdams’ death is scheduled for today.

McAdams was driving northbound on Highway 101 south of Hobson about 8:45 p.m. Sunday when he turned to the left for an unknown reason and drove over the center divider into southbound lanes, according to a prepared statement from the California Highway Patrol.

In southbound lanes, MCAdams’ car crashed head-on into a pickup truck driven by a 52-year-old woman from San Jacinto, California, CHP officials said. After hitting the pickup, McAdams’ car spun around and was struck from behind by a southbound pickup truck driven by a 29-year old man from Reno, Nevada, officials said.

The three vehicles were initially blocking three lanes of the roadway and traffic was diverted onto Pacific Coast Highway, CHP officials said. For nearly three hours after the crash, the highway was closed except for one lane on its northbound shoulder.

The San Jacinto woman was taken to Ventura County Medical Center with a fractured ankle, bruises and contusions, officials said. Her passenger was not injured.

The Reno man was not injured.

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Jeffrey Marquart