Update: Deadly crash in Paso Robles kills two people from Coalinga

Paso Robles, Highway 46 Fatal Collision.

UPDATE: Monday, April 3, 2017 The Paso Robles Police Department has released the identity of the two people killed Sunday on Highway 46 as 78-year-old Virginia Mary Stone of Coalinga and 52-year-old Lawrence Alphonso Lopez of Coalinga.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation.


The westbound lanes of Highway 46, at Buena Vista Drive, were temporarily closed this morning as the Paso Robles Police Department investigated a fatal collision that occurred Sunday morning around 8:30 am. The collision involved two vehicles, a Ford Expedition and a compact Honda car. Two people, believed to be visiting from Coalinga, Ca, were pronounced dead at the scene. An additional three people were transported to the hospital for treatment.

The collision is still under investigation; however, it does not appear that alcohol or drugs played a factor. Witnesses said the Ford SUV appeared to run a red light at the intersection of westbound Highway 46 at Buena Vista Drive. A small Honda turning north through the intersection clipped the rear of the SUV. As a result of the collision, the SUV rolled across the highway before coming to rest in the eastbound lanes of Highway 46.

A female passenger in the SUV, who was ejected onto the highway, as well as the male driver, were pronounced dead at the scene. Two additional passengers from the SUV and the driver of the Honda were transported to Sierra Vista Hospital in San Luis Obispo for treatment of their moderate injuries. A small dog riding in the SUV was taken to a local veterinarian for treatment. A second dog is missing, according to family members.

The Paso Robles Department of Emergency Services, California Highway Patrol, San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department, and San Luis Ambulance all assisted with the investigation.