UPDATE 7:15 P.M.
Authorities have confirmed that alcohol may have contributed to a car crash that killed two people on Sunday afternoon in Nipomo.
Officers found bottles of undisclosed alcoholic drinks in the 1994 Chevrolet Cavalier that was sheared in half in the 4:20 p.m. wreck along Hutton Road near the Santa Maria Speedway, the California Highway Patrol reported Monday.
Still, toxicology results on the driver who was killed are pending from the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department Coroner Division, the CHP noted.
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Coroner officials are withholding the name of the driver, and another man who was killed, pending notification of their next of kin.
The passenger in the Cavalier, Cristino Ramirez, 29, of Santa Maria, was treated for minor injuries at Marian Medical Center in Santa Maria, the CHP said.
The CHP says that the Cavalier crossed the double yellow line moving south at a “high rate of speed” along Hutton — the frontage road alongside Highway 101 — in a curve south of Joshua Road.
It collided with a northbound 1986 Nissan pickup driven by Richard Munn, 56, of Nipomo, who was treated for moderate injuries at Marian, according to the CHP. His passenger, Melissa Munn, 58, of Nipomo, was treated for minor injuries at Marian.
Debris from the crash hit a 1998 Honda Accord driven by a 35-year-old Santa Maria woman, who was not hurt, the CHP said. The agency did not disclose her name.
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The two people killed in a car crash on Nipomo on Sunday were from Santa Maria, according to the Sheriff’s Department.
The county sheriff-coroner has tentatively identified the two victims but hasn’t released their names pending notification of next of kin.
California Highway Patrol Officer J.W. Townsen said authorities still are trying to determine whether alcohol or drugs played a role in the crash, which will require a toxicology examination.
Alcohol bottles were found in the 1994 Chevrolet Cavalier that the two victims were riding in, according to the CHP.