Sleepy Driver Causes Major Highway 1 Collision

A woman nearly fell asleep at the wheel, causing multiple injuries near Aptos on Highway 1.

If you were trying to make your way north on Highway 1 this afternoon from mid to north-Santa Cruz County, you probably weren't moving too quickly.

That's because at 11:27 a.m., a drowsy Juliet Olmos, 23, of Santa Cruz, was driving her BMW in the left lane northbound approaching the State Park Drive exit into Aptos, drifted into the center concrete divider and back into the right lane, where she collided with a red 2003 Ford Explorer. The Explorer was forced off the road and into an embankment, where it was stopped by a tree.

Gary Alfred Carlton, 66, and Christine Carol Cartlon, 65, of Salinas, the driver and passenger of the Explorer, both sustained major injuries.

According to the CHP collision report, "Gary was transported by a CalStar ambulance to Valley Medical Center, and Christine was transported by a Life Flight helicopter to Stanford Medical Center."

Olmos survived the incident unharmed. 

Both directions of traffic were temporarily shut down so the injured could be taken to medical facilities. All lanes were up and running again at 1:49 p.m.

Willow July 13, 2011 at 10:59 PM
It amazes and saddens me that these irresponsible drivers, who have cause grievious harm to others (and in one case, death), escape without injury, while their victims suffer. It is not that I wish injury to anyone, even the one who is at fault.
j.j October 07, 2011 at 04:31 PM
it's so easy for people to talk bad about the person that caused the accident. people have accidents you will never know when or what time. true story i got into car accident about a year ago at the start i was found at fault i had just bought a two year old mercedes s class. the tiers look extremely new on the car but what we did not know was that the tiers were hard dry in the inside lack of maintenance of the mercedes retail mall. i was driving south 680 when two of my tiers when out and had five car collision accident lost completely control of my car. the CHP and the people local news even my insurance blamed me for not paying attention on the road. well they were wrong. i was paying attention at 100% guarantee but they refuse to believe me. my car was towed by a company that affiliates with the CHP. A few days later i got a call from there body shop saying that they found the tires to be expired and they were dry out i had no clue that tires had a expiration date on them. They ask me where i had purchased my tiers i told them i had just bought the car from a well known mercedes auto mall they said they had fail on maintenance safety. After all the going back and forth with CHP, insurance company, court house they towing company send me a letter saying they would be happy to be a witness to what they had discovered on my new car.
j.j October 07, 2011 at 04:31 PM
All cars that were damage got fixed mine was total loss but my insurance dint pay a penny. The dealer payed for all cars involved in the accident i got me a brand new car and a few :) extra buck from my back and broken arm injuries. let say I'm set.


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