Atascadero man killed in crash with semi-truck

January 3, 2024


A 43-year-old Atascadero man was killed in a crash with a semi-truck on on Highway 99 in Bakersfield on Wednesday morning, according to the CHP.

Shortly after 3:30 a.m., the Atascadero man was headed northbound in a Prius. The semi-truck driver, who was also headed northbound in the slow lane, then rear ended the Prius. CHP officers are working to determine if the Prius was pulled over or in the slow lane at the time of the rear-end collision.

The Atascadero man was pronounced dead at the scene. Officials are not releasing his name pending notification of his next of kin.

It is not yet known if alcohol or drugs were a factor in the fatal crash.


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Used to dr to valley for work every day and if it was foggy as it just a few ft ahead. is this time of year you couldn’t see just a few ft ahead and believe you / me you never fell asleep at the wheel.If you made it thru the Hwy 41/46 death dr the fog was waiting to get you . So sad for all involved



Big rigs and lifted pickups riding the rear bumpers of smaller vehicles is a scary thing.

More likely the dense fog that was the cause. A scary thing for all drivers. Tragic and sad no matter what.

Operating a vehicle with insufficient visibility for the speed is what resulted in the death of the other motorist. About as responsible as driving with a blindfold on. A truck is a very dangerous weapon when not operated with maximum safety in mind.