Cambria woman and boy killed in crash

July 15, 2015

copterA boy and a 20-year-old woman, both residents of Cambria, died Tuesday afternoon when a pickup truck plunged 300 feet off a cliff adjacent to Highway 46 West. [KSBY]

The crash occurred eight miles east of Highway 1. A 22-year-old Cambria man was driving westbound on Highway 46 with the woman and an 11 to 13 year-old-boy in a Ford F-150 pickup.

Shortly before 4 p.m., the pickup began drifting toward the right shoulder. The driver then overcorrected and lost control, crossing all lanes and driving off the southern edge of the highway.

The truck came to a rest at the bottom of a steep canyon.

When rescue crews arrived, the driver was alive and alert. Responders placed him on a backboard, and a California Highway Patrol helicopter lifted him up to the highway.

An ambulance then transferred the 22-year-old man to Sierra Vista hospital in San Luis Obispo where he is being treated for undisclosed injuries.

Investigators found no sign of drugs or alcohol in the vehicle.

CHP Officer Phillip Knox said the driver was not under the influence when he talked to him. The driver has a clean record, and the accident seemed like something tragic, Knox said.

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I’m so sorry, so many young people are being lost. My thoughts are with the family.

What a tragedy. I don’t really understand how this can happen though…

A fire official on site said no signs of drugs or alcohol. Latest rumor is that he possibly fell asleep at the wheel. Sadly shit happens every day.

Happened to be there when they airlifted body on backboard up to highway. Hoping they were o.k. till they shut the helicopter off and put the body into Coroner wagon instead of ambulance. Very sad for the loss to this family.