**Pedestrian Fatally Struck by Car on Highway 135 Identified**
In a tragic incident on January 13, a pedestrian was hit and killed by a car on Highway 135 in Santa Maria. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office has now identified the victim as 57-year-old Lonell Oliver from Lompoc.
The fatal crash occurred near the intersection of Highways 135 and 1, shortly after 5 p.m. The collision led to a brief lane closure on the highway as authorities arrived at the scene to conduct their investigation.
Lonell Oliver’s untimely death has left the community in shock and mourning. As news of the incident spreads, it serves as a heartbreaking reminder of the importance of pedestrian safety and the need for drivers to remain vigilant on the roads.
Highway 135, where the accident took place, is a busy thoroughfare that connects various neighborhoods in Santa Maria. It is crucial for both pedestrians and motorists to exercise caution and adhere to traffic rules in order to prevent such tragic accidents from occurring.
The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is working diligently to determine the cause of the crash and any contributing factors. They are urging anyone with information about the incident to come forward and assist with their investigation.
As this devastating incident highlights the need for increased awareness and safety measures, local authorities and community organizations are likely to reevaluate existing road safety strategies. This may include implementing additional pedestrian crossings, improving signage, and promoting public education campaigns to raise awareness about the importance of pedestrian safety.
Our thoughts and condolences go out to the family and friends of Lonell Oliver during this difficult time. It is our hope that this tragedy serves as a wake-up call for all road users to prioritize safety and take the necessary precautions to prevent accidents like this from happening in the future.