Skip to Content

Four Killed in Paso Robles Car Accident Christmas Eve

Four people were killed on Christmas Eve when their car plowed into a semi-truck on Highway 101 and Wellsona Road just after 6 p.m.

The deceased were identified as Crystal Lee Reuck, 22, Taylor M. Swarthout, 22, Karen Michelle Szasz, 45, and David Castillo, 42. All from San Miguel, CA.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the driver of the semi, 55-year-old Philip Ken Trujillo of Las Vegas, was turning left onto Wellsona Road using the left-only turn lane on northbound side of the 101. Reuck, driving a 1992 Chrysler van, was traveling on the 101.

“As the semi-truck and trailer crossed the southbound lanes of U.S. 101, the Chrysler collided with the trailer and traveled completely underneath it,” CHP said in a statement.

Reuck, Swarthout, and Szasz were pronounced dead at the scene. Castillo was transported to Twin Cities Hospital where he later died as a result of his injuries.

Trujillo was not injured.

Family recently told the San Luis Obispo Tribune that the four friends were heading to a Christmas Eve dinner the night of the accident.

It is unclear what caused the collision but CHP is investigating the accident.

Slideshow: Four Killed on Christmas Eve

Here’s a Google Maps image of Wellsona Road and Highway 101 intersection in Paso Robles.

Article Topic Follows: News

Jump to comments ↓

Author Profile Photo

News Channel 3-12

Email the News Channel 3-12 Team


News Channel 3-12 is committed to providing a forum for civil and constructive conversation.

Please keep your comments respectful and relevant. You can review our Community Guidelines by clicking here

If you would like to share a story idea, please submit it here.

Skip to content