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Woman Killed in Highway 101 Crash in Santa Barbara

Vehicle slammed into a palm tree near the southbound Garden Street offramp

A 28-year-old Atascadero woman was killed early Friday when the vehicle she was driving ran off Highway 101 and slammed into a palm tree near the southbound Garden Street offramp in Santa Barbara. Click to view larger
A 28-year-old Atascadero woman was killed early Friday when the vehicle she was driving ran off Highway 101 and slammed into a palm tree near the southbound Garden Street offramp in Santa Barbara. (Urban Hikers / Noozhawk photo)

A 28-year-old woman was fatally injured early Friday when her vehicle ran off Highway 101 in Santa Barbara and slammed into a palm tree, according to the Santa Barbara City Fire Department.

The accident occurred at about 1:15 a.m. near the southbound Garden Street offramp, said fire Battalion Chief Robert Mercado.

The vehicle split apart after striking the tree, Mercado said.

“It hit the tree with such impact that it sheered off the front of the vehicle,” Mercado said, adding that the engine come to rest about 50 feet away from the main wreckage.

The victim was declared dead at the scene, and it required extensive extrication by firefighters to remove her remains from the wreckage, Mercado said.

She was identified by the Santa Barbara County Coroner's Office as Jordan Marie Conklin of Malibu, although the California Highway Patrol listed her as an Atascadero resident.

The accident remained under investigation by the California Highway Patrol, but it appeared to Mercado that the driver either fell asleep or lost consciousness.

“There were no skid marks, which leads me to believe there was no conscious effort to stop,” he added.

It unknown if Conklin was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the collision, said CHP Officer Jonathan Gutierrez.

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The engine of a vehicle that crashed early Friday in Santa Barbara, killing an Atascadero woman, came to rest about 50 feet from the main wreckage. Click to view larger
The engine of a vehicle that crashed early Friday in Santa Barbara, killing an Atascadero woman, came to rest about 50 feet from the main wreckage. (Urban Hikers / Noozhawk photo)

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