18-Year-Old Dies in Vehicle Crash on Highway 101

CUESTA GRADE, CA (April 7, 2022) – Sunday morning, during a traffic collision on Highway 101, Justin Rodrigues was killed, police said.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the incident happened when a 2003 Nissan 350Z lost control while driving south on Highway 101 while traveling down the Cuesta Grade.

Afterward, 18-year-old Justin Rodrigues crossed into the northbound lane and was struck by a 2019 Ford Fusion driven by 54-year-old Sandra Gastelum from Santa Maria.

Gastelum sustained significant injuries from the collision.

Eventually, Rodrigues was pronounced dead at the scene, while his passenger, 19-year-old Kenneth Rocha received significant injuries.

At this time, CHP Officer Miguel Alvarez stated that the crash remains under active investigation.


No words can mend the broken hearts, and sorrow felt during this delicate moment. Deepest condolences and sympathies are with the family and friends of Justin Rodrigues.


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