Michael Daniel Martinez, 35, has been identified by authorities as the deceased in a head-on collision that occurred on June 16.  Nicole Spadaro, a 37-year-old Santa Maria resident, was also seriously injuried in the collision. Mr. Martinez was driving a Lexus prior to about 12:25 p.m. with Ms. Spadero as his passenger in the vicinity of Santa Lucia Canyon Road and Victory Road.  Meanwhile, authorities allege that Michael Culligan, a 29-year-old local resident, was driving a Jeep that directly crashed into the car containing the pair. Mr. Spadero was critically injured and taken to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Mr. Culligan, authorities say, attempted to flee the scene of the deadly crash on foot but was captured and arrested on manslaughter charges.

We extend our deepest condolences to the friends and family of the deceased during this difficult time. Our thoughts also go out to the injured woman.

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