PASO ROBLES — A young Paso Robles man and a young woman also from Paso Robles were involved in a major accident on Linne Road on Monday, June 17, reported the California Highway Patrol.
At approximately 1:50 p.m., Cassandra Walton, 18, was driving her 2007 Mercedes Benz ML350 westbound on Linne Road just east of Hudson Road at an unknown speed. Meanwhile, Justin Lahr, 22, was driving his 1987 Jeep Commanche eastbound on Linne Road and west of Walton — also at an unknown speed.
According to California Highway Patrol, Walton said she became distracted as she rolled down her window causing her to drift over the broken yellow line and begin driving westbound in the eastbound lane. Lahr noticed that Walton was in his lane and took evasive action turning his vehicle to the left into the westbound lane.
Walton realized she was driving in the opposite lane and turned her Mercedes back to the right in an attempt to return to her lane, Lahr saw the Mercedes abruptly move back into the westbound lane at which he used his brakes, however, he was unable to slow down causing the front of the Mercedes to collide with the front of his Jeep.
Lahr's Jeep became disabled, trapping him in his driver's seat, facing in an easterly direction in the westbound lane. Walton's Mercedes continued in a northeasterly direction on the dirt shoulder where it collided with a wire fence, causing it to overturn. The Mercedes eventually came to rest facing in a southeasterly direction north of the roadway.
Walton removed herself from her vehicle, but emergency personnel had to use the jaws of life to extract Lahr from his vehicle.
Lahr sustained major injuries, which included a broken left leg and laceration to his head and chin. Walton sustained moderate injuries, which consisted mostly of abrasions.
Both Walton and Lahr were transported to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center by San Luis Ambulance.
Drugs or alcohol do not appear to be a contributing factor to this collision.