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Highway 101 crash during heavy rain kills 12-year-old girl


A 12-year-old Encino girl was killed in a crash on Highway 101 near Buellton on Sept. 10, just after the National Weather Service issued warnings of severe thunderstorms and flash flooding to Santa Barbara County. 

Erasmo Vargas, 35, lost control of his 2003 Lincoln Navigator at about 10:55 p.m. while driving southbound on Highway 101, according to a California Highway Patrol press release. It was dark and raining heavily, according to the release, and Vargas was allegedly driving at 75 mph.

The car hit the highway's center median and flipped, according to the release. The 12-year-old, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the car and killed. Three other young children in the car and Vargas were not injured. Another passenger, 37-year-old Alma Rosa Vargas, was treated for minor injuries.

No arrests were made, according to the release, and drugs and alcohol were not found as a factor in the crash. The California Highway Patrol is still investigating the incident.

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