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Driver Passes Out, Rolls Vehicle on State Street

Victim hurt himself in a construction accident and was driving himself to the hospital at the time, according to Santa Barbara police

An SUV lies on its side at State Street and Alamar Avenue Monday after the driver passed out from an earlier injury and crashed.
An SUV lies on its side at State Street and Alamar Avenue Monday after the driver passed out from an earlier injury and crashed.  (Victoria Sanchez / KEYT photo)

By Tom Bolton, Noozhawk Executive Editor | @tombol | updated logo 1:41 p.m. |

A 29-year-old man who was driving himself to the hospital after a construction accident passed out behind the wheel Monday and crashed his car on State Street, according to the Santa Barbara Police Department.

The single-vehicle wreck was reported at about 9:30 a.m. at State and Alamar Avenue, said Sgt. Riley Harwood.

The driver, who lives in the San Roque area, was working on a residential construction project when he was struck in the face by a board, causing a severe facial laceration, Harwood said.

Realizing he needed to go to the emergency room, the man, whose name was not released, got in his Toyota 4-Runner and headed toward Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, Harwood said.

While en route, the man lost consciousness — likely from the pain and blood loss — near State and Alamar Avenue, and his vehicle went off the roadway, up an embankment and rolled over on its side, Harwood said.

When firefighters and paramedics arrived, they found the victim trapped in the driver’s seat, and extricated him from the wreckage, Harwood said.

Traffic on Alamar was shut down for a period, Harwood said, but State Street remained open.

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» on 10.08.12 @ 07:47 PM

Whadda Monday!

» on 10.09.12 @ 01:27 PM

Seriously?  No one called an ambulance for this poor guy?  Sounds like negligence on the part of the contractor.

» on 10.09.12 @ 02:45 PM

“...No one called an ambulance for this poor guy?  Sounds like negligence…”

Perhaps.

But (oddly, considering the circumstances) the article doesn’t indicate whether anyone else was working on the site at the time.

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