Lompoc, California – The authorities have disclosed the name of the driver who was killed in a head-on collision last week Monday near Vandenberg Air Force base in Lompoc.
The accident happened at about 12:30 p.m. on Santa Lucia Canyon Road, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Michael Culligan, 29, of Lompoc, was driving a Jeep on Santa Lucia Canyon Road when, for unknown reasons, he drifted across the centerline into oncoming traffic and collided head-on with a blue Lexus driven by Michael Daniel Martinez, 35.
Martinez was pronounced dead at the scene, while his 37-year-old female passenger was taken to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital with major injuries.
Culligan fled the scene on foot after the accident, but he was later apprehended near the Lompoc- Surf Train Station.
Culligan admitted to driving while intoxicated and was arrested on multiple charges.
The accident remains under investigation.
What to Do At the Accident Scene
Nobody is ever prepared for an accident. However, knowing what to do in case you are involved in the accident is very crucial. The following steps will help you ensure your safety and the safety of others.
- Stay at the scene and don’t panic.
- Check for injuries and immediately call for an ambulance if anyone is hurt.
- Notify the police even if no one is injured. The police will examine the scene and document the accident. At this point, it is important to record accurate information. You can later request a police report.
- If the accident is minor, it is advisable to move the vehicles to the shoulder and turn on your vehicle’s hazard lights to ensure the safety of other motorists.
- Gather information about the other drivers involved in the accident. Also, talk to witnesses and get their information.
- If possible, take photos of the damage to your car and the surrounding area.
- Do not admit fault or discuss the accident with anyone. Do not sign any papers unless requested by the police.
- Do not leave the accident scene until the police have left.
After leaving the accident scene,
- Contact your insurance company as soon as possible.
- Get a copy of the accident report from the police.
- Get a property damage valuation.
- If you were injured in the accident, keep detailed notes of your injuries and track your medical treatment.
- Contact a reputable personal injury attorney to protect your rights.
- Seek legal advice before you contact your insurer to discuss your car accident claim and compensation for your personal injuries. A qualified attorney will help you recover the maximum amount of damages.