On Saturday, August 2, 2012, a fatal car accident occurred on highway 46 in Paso Robles, California. Sadly, this car accident claimed the lives of two (2) local residents. Authorities have identified the two San Luis Obispo County residents who died after their vehicles collided this weekend on Highway 46. The collision occurred just before 5 p.m. Saturday when Shirline Miller, 62, of Paso Robles, drove her westbound Lexus over the double yellow line in an attempt to pass the car in front of her, according to Officer Daniel Hall of the California Highway Patrol. Miller drove into the path of an eastbound GMC Sierra driven by James Fenstermaker, 50, of Nipomo, striking the left front end of his SUV. Miller was pronounced dead at the scene, while Fenstermaker died after being taken to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, the CHP said. Hall attributed the cause of the crash to “unsafe illegal passing,” noting that the Lexus was traveling at speeds exceeding the maximum speed limit of 55 mph. Hall said it’s too early to know whether drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash. Toxicology screening results are pending. – SLO County residents who died in Hwy. 46 crash are identified – San Luis Obispo Tribune
According to the investigating officers, the driver of the Lexus made an illegal lane change over a double yellow line causing the accident. Generally, this is a violation of two (2) California Vehicle Codes:
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the victims of this car accident. Not only to those who lost their lives but to those who love those have passed.