Morro Bay man killed in crash on Highway 1

March 30, 2024


A 43-year-old Morro Bay man was killed in a single car crash on Highway 1 on Friday night, according to the CHP.

Shortly before 10 p.m., the man was driving southbound at about 65 mph in heavy rains and strong winds. He lost control of his 2006 Toyota near South Bay Boulevard in Morro Bay, which rolled down an embankment and struck a tree.

The driver, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from his vehicle during the crash. He died at the scene. Officials are not releasing his name pending notification of his next of kin.

The California Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.


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Why would anyone drive a car without wearing seat belts?

Usually, two reasons:

They are intoxicated, and couldn’t remember to. Or,

The country where they are from, does not have seat belt laws or, ignores those they do have.

Or from a U.S. state that doesn’t require it. I lived in such a state for a while and was actually teased for wearing one. “Oh, you can always tell the California boys because they always put their seatbelt on as soon as they get in the car.” I like to think of it as natural selection.

Back seat right? All states except New Hampshire require front seat belt usage. California requires all passengers use them.