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Update: Details, names released in fatal Highway 46 crash 

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Original story posted April 21

–More details have been released regarding the fatal crash on Highway 46 that occurred Thursday.

44-year-old San Jose resident Francisco Savala III was driving an Itasca Motorhome eastbound on Highway 46 approaching the intersection with state route 41. John Saxon, a 60-year-old Las Vegas resident, was driving a 2013 Chevy Pickup westbound approaching the intersection. As Savala approached the intersection, he turned directly in front of Saxon in an attempt to drive northbound on Highway 41. Saxon, seeing the motorhome right in front of him, turned the pickup sharply to the right in an effort to avoid a collision, but the left front of the pickup collided with the right front of the motorhome.

The collision caused 37-year-old San Jose resident Cheryl Vanwettering to be ejected from the motor home. Vanwettering sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. It also caused an 8-year-passenger, who was riding in the living quarters of the motorhome, to be ejected. The child was transported to Sierra Vista with major injuries.

There was also a fourth passenger in the motor home, a 13-year-old who sustained minor injuries. John and passenger Susan Ann Saxon were both transported to Twin Cities with minor injuries.

Drugs and or alcohol do not appear to be a factor in this collision, according to CHP, however, the collision investigation is ongoing.


Original story posted April 20

–Officers from the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office are on the scene of a crash that occurred on SR-46 (East), at the “Y” at SR-41. They are reporting one fatality at this time.

Police say that two to three vehicles are involved. One semi is on its side, and two parties were ejected; one of them is a child.

No further information is available at this time. Updates will be posted as received.



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