Wednesday, January 18 , 2017, 9:22 am | Overcast 53º

 
 
 
 

Local News

1 Dead, 2 Hurt in Crash on Highway 1 at Vandenberg Air Force Base

A North Carolina man was killed — and two Lompoc men were seriously injured — Sunday afternoon in a single-vehicle crash at Vandenberg Air Force Base, according to the Santa Barbara County Fire Department.

Emergency personnel were dispatched shortly after 4 p.m. to the wreck on Highway 1, a mile north of Santa Lucia Canyon Road, fire Engineer Russ Sechler said.

The vehicle, a 2006 black Subaru, was southbound on Highway 1 at a high rate of speed went drifted off the right side of the roadway and overturned down an embankment, according to Officer John Ortega of the California Highway Patrol.

The wreckage was not visible from the roadway.

Nicholas S. DiBona, 21, of Fuquay-Varina, N.C., who was sitting in the right front passenger seat, was fatally injured and declared dead at the scene, Ortega said.

The driver, Donald W.S. Cox, 21, and another passenger, John C Rivera, 22, both of Lompoc, suffered moderate injuries, Ortega said.

They were able to get out of the vehicle, and Sechler said both were treated at the scene prior to being taken to Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria.

Cause of the crash remained under investigation, Ortega said, adding that alcohol and drugs do not appears to be factors.

Noozhawk executive editor Tom Bolton can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

Reader Comments

Noozhawk encourages free expression, regardless of viewpoint, but requires that such expressions be civil in tone, respectful of other commenters and relevant to the stories on which they are posted. We reserve the right to remove any comment for any reason.

By posting on Noozhawk, you:

» Agree not to submit a comment that is abusive, defamatory, disrespectful, illegal, libelous, profane, vulgar or disparaging (whether on the basis of disability, ethnicity, gender, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation, traits with which people are born, or otherwise).

» Agree not to submit a comment that attacks or threatens another person, threatens or promotes violence, wishes for harm to befall another person, invades another person's privacy or proprietary rights, or uses expletives (including veiled profanity).

» Agree not to stalk or harass another person, dominate the conversation, discourage participation by others, or bait, belittle, bicker with, mock or taunt others.

» Agree not to solicit others. You agree you will not use Noozhawk’s forums to solicit and/or advertise for personal blogs and websites, without Noozhawk’s express written approval.

» Comments with spam or self-promotional links are not allowed. Comments that include links are automatically routed to a Pending queue. Regularly checking it is not a priority of ours.

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.



Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >