Templeton man killed in crash identified
August 6, 2015
The California Highway Patrol has identified Thomas Mercer as the 77-year-old Templeton man who was killed in a three-car crash on Highway 41 near Morro Bay Saturday afternoon. [KSBY]
At around 2 p.m., 24-year-old Nicholas Bundren, of Atascadero, was driving a Ford Fusion west on Highway 41 east of Mission Drive when he drove into the oncoming lane, directly into the path of a Mercer’s Mercury Grand Marquis. Mercer was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Bundren suffered major injuries in the crash. He was in fair condition at the hospital, as of Monday evening.
Mercer’s passenger, 64-year-old Jane Mercer sustained minor injuries. She remained in the hospital, though, Monday evening.
The driver of the third vehicle, 27-year-old Richard Gentil, of Los Osos, swerved to miss the crash. But, Bundren’s car collided with the side of his vehicle.
Gentil sustained minor injuries. He was not hospitalized.
It remains unknown why Bundren drove into oncoming traffic.
The CHP did not make any arrests. Investigators say everyone was wearing their seatbelts.