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A crash on High­way 166 east of Santa Maria killed two peo­ple and in­jured three Cal Poly San Luis Obispo stu­dents.

Three Cal Poly stu­dents were in­jured in a crash on High­way 166 east of Santa Maria that killed two peo­ple from Bak­ers­field on Satur­day.

At about 12:30 p.m., Cal Poly stu­dent Erica Kemp, 20, was driv­ing a 2016 Nis­san Sen­tra east on High­way 166 at about 60 mph, the CHP said. At the same time, Bak­ers­field res­i­dent Brian Scott Adams, 29, was driv­ing a 1992 Honda Ac­cord west on High­way 166, the agency said.

The Honda Ac­cord crossed over the cen­ter line and slammed into the east­bound Nis­san Sen­tra, the CHP said.

Adams and his pas­sen­ger, Ash­ley Ni­cole Castillo, 29, also of Bak­ers­field, were pro­nounced dead at the scene.

Kemp re­ceived mi­nor in­juries, but her pas­sen­gers, Cal Poly stu­dents Mar­i­ana Silverman, 21, and Keilani Waxdeck, 20, were se­ri­ously in­jured, ac­cord­ing to the CHP.

Waxdeck, who was in the front pas­sen­ger seat, was air­lifted to Santa Bar­bara Cot­tage Hospi­tal, while Silverman, who was sit­ting in the back seat, was taken by am­bu­lance to Mar­ian Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter in Santa Maria. Kemp was also taken by am­bu­lance to Mar­ian Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter, the CHP said.

As of Tues­day morn­ing, Waxdeck is still listed in crit­i­cal con­di­tion, ac­cord­ing to hospi­tal spokes­woman Maria Zate. Nei­ther Silverman nor Kemp were listed as pa­tients at Mar­ian Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter as of Tues­day, ac­cord­ing to hospi­tal spokes­woman Sara San Juan.

Waxdeck is an ad­ver­tis­ing de­signer for Mus­tang Me­dia Group, ac­cord­ing to the Mus­tang News. All three are stu­dents in Cal Poly’s art and de­sign depart­ment, ac­cord­ing to Cal Poly’s stu­dent di­rec­tory.

“The Dean of Stu­dents’ Of­fice is in touch with each of the stu­dents/their fam­i­lies and is of­fer­ing all ap­pro­pri­ate sup­port,” Cal Poly spokesman Matt Lazier said in an email to The Tri­bune.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the crash is on­go­ing, and drugs and al­co­hol are not sus­pected in the crash, the CHP said.


Three Cal Poly stu­dents were in­jured in a col­li­sion on High­way 166 on Satur­day that killed two peo­ple.

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