Paso Robles resident, Katrina Sue Cummings, 53, has died as a result from the injuries she suffered during a rollover crash early Saturday morning near Los Olivos.
The California Highway Patrol says Cummings succumbed to her injuries on Sunday just before 1 p.m. Her attending physician confirmed the news to authorities.
Cummings swerved off the roadway to avoid crashing into a Jeep who had struck and killed a donkey approximately one minute earlier. In the process, Cumming’s Toyota Tundra overturned, ejected her, struck a fence and came to rest on its side in an adjacent field.
The driver of the Jeep, 24-year-old Peter Franklin, was not hurt. However, he was taken into custody after authorities discovered he was in possession of a reported stolen car.
“The two collisions were determined to be separate as they occurred approximately one minute apart. The driver of the first collision was determined not to be under the influence of intoxicants,” states the CHP report. “Routine toxicology screening will be conducted to determine whether or not alcohol or drugs were a factor in the second collision involving Katrina Sue Cummings.”
Both collisions remain under investigation by the CHP.
The 53-year-old woman involved in a rollover crash on Highway 154 and Foxen Canyon Road early Saturday morning has been identified as Katrina Sue Cummings of Paso Robles.
Cummings suffered multiple skull fractures after being ejected from her vehicle in an attempt to avoid crashing into a 2016 Jeep Rubicon stopped on the roadway after striking and killing a donkey minutes earlier.
Cummings was taken to Marian Regional Medical Center by ambulance where her condition remains unknown at this time.
The California Highway Patrol says that during their investigation into the incident, they discovered that the Jeep Rubicon was reported stolen. The driver of the Jeep, 24-year-old Peter Franklin of Solvang was arrested at the scene for possession of a stolen vehicle.
We will update this story when new information becomes available.
Peter Franklin, 24 years old from Solvang. Photo: Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office
A 53-year-old woman is recovering at the hospital after suffering major injuries in a vehicle rollover at Highway 154 and Foxen Canyon Road near Los Olivos.
Santa Barbara County Fire Capt. Dave Zaniboni said the woman was ejected when her vehicle crashed into the front yard of a home on Foxen Canyon Road after swerving to avoid another car and a donkey that were on the road.
The incident occurred shortly after 5:30 a.m. Saturday when another driver struck a donkey that was apparently on the roadway.
The 53-year-old then came upon the scene and attempted to avoid colliding with the first vehicle but ended up rolling her vehicle over. Zaniboni said her vehicle caught fire after the crash but was quickly extinguished by someone on scene before firefighters arrived.
The female driver was taken to Marian Regional Medical Center by ambulance for medical treatment.
The driver of the first car that had collided with the donkey was not injured.
The California Highway Patrol and the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the incident.