Wednesday, April 25 , 2018, 9:02 pm | Fair 55º


Local News

Woman Injured in Rollover Crash in Santa Barbara

Authorities say the driver apparently fell asleep at the wheel before colliding with a parked vehicle

A 39-year-old woman was taken to the hospital Monday after she apparently fell asleep at the wheel, collided with a parked vehicle and rolled her car in the 1600 block of De La Vina Street, according to the Santa Barbara Police Department.

Officers, fire personnel and paramedics responded at about 10 a.m. to report of a rollover traffic collision, said Sgt. Riley Harwood.

Although the investigation is ongoing, Harwood said investigators believe the victim fell asleep at the wheel of her Kia Spectra while driving southbound in the western lane of De La Vina Street.

She then struck an empty, parked van and rolled her vehicle, which came to rest on its roof.

“She was able to crawl out of the car,” Harwood said.

The woman, who was not licensed, sustained minor abrasions from her seat belt and complained of pain to her head, he said.

She was transported to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

No one else was injured in the incident, but the street was congested and closed for some time while the driver was treated by paramedics and both involved vehicles were towed from the scene, Harwood said.

Noozhawk staff writer Gina Potthoff 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.

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click Here to Get Started >

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.

Maestro, Mastercard, Visa, American Express, Discover, Debit

Reader Comments

Noozhawk is no longer accepting reader comments on our articles. Click here for the announcement. Readers are instead invited to submit letters to the editor by emailing them to [email protected]. Please provide your full name and community, as well as contact information for verification purposes only.

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 >