A UC Santa Barbara graduate student and Isla Vista resident died early Saturday morning after driving the wrong way on Highway 101, California Highway Patrol (CHP) reported.
Alan Anhphi Vu, 28, was reportedly driving north on a 101 southbound lane in Santa Barbara at 1:58 a.m. While traveling at normal freeway speed, Vu’s 2012 Nissan Sentra collided with a concrete rail on the freeway median. All available CHP units responded to the scene.
“The Nissan caught fire, which was put out by the first CHP officers who arrived on scene,” CHP Sgt. Jim Richards said in a press release.
Vu died from injuries on the scene, Richards said.
The left two lanes of the 101-South were closed for two-and-a-half hours following the crash.
Vu was the undergraduate advisor in the UCSB Department of History. He was recently admitted to the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, according to Miles Ashlock, Assistant Dean & Director at the Office of Student Life.
Updated 9:09 p.m.