Fatal crash in Paso Robles

November 9, 2014

CHP@A currently unidentified man was killed early Sunday morning in a single vehicle accident in rural Paso Robles, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Shortly after midnight, the man was driving a 1995 Ford F-150 pickup northbound on River Road near Experimental Road when he lost control going around a curve. He hit two utility poles cutting them off near the ground, rolled the vehicle and then crashed into a tree.

CHP investigators have not yet identified the man and they do not believe alcohol was a factor in the accident.

The crash knocked out power for several residents in the area, though it is expected to be restored by 5 p.m. Sunday.

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KSBY said the man was Hispanic and about 35 years old, and that alcohol was suspected. The speed limit on N. River Road was also raised from 40 to 45 mph a few months ago as the result of a city traffic study. Speed may not be a factor but this is the second accident in that area since the speed limit was raised–with no accidents (that I can remember) previously. An objection to raising the speed limit citing safety reasons was duly noted by the City Council before they voted 5 to 0 to approve the new speed limit.

Meanwhile, the CHP still hasn’t identified the man in the Hummer driving West on 46 who tried to pass a semi and killed someone on his way East over a week ago.

No need to sugarcoat it, citizen. When someone loses control going around a curve, speed is always a factor. Busts through 2 utility poles as well.

Toxicology tests take awhile.

Its not like they can get a breathlyzer.