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A.G. man dies in car crash

An Arroyo Grande man died Saturday in a traffic collision.

Phillip Bell, 61, died after he collided with another car around 8:20 a.m. on Oak Park Boulevard, California Highway Patrol officials said.

Just before the accident, Bell was driving a Honda Accord east on Oak Park Boulevard near Meadowlark Drive at approximately 40 miles per hour, CHP officials said.

Lindsay Ormonde, 19, also of Arroyo Grande, was driving a Chevy Lumina west on Oak Park Boulevard at about the same speed, CHP officials said.

For unknown reasons, Bell drifted into the opposing lane as he rounded a right curve in the road and collided head-on with Ormonde, CHP officials said.

Bell was taken to Arroyo Grande Community Hospital while San Luis Ambulance medics performed CPR, but he later died, CHP officials said.

Ormonde suffered minor injuries to her right hip and upper leg and was taken to the same hospital.

A dog in the front seat of the car Bell was driving did not appear to be injured and was taken by a county Animal Services officer to be evaluated.

CHP officials said both Bell and Ormonde were wearing seatbelts and alcohol was not a factor in the crash. The cause of the accident is under investigation.

Traffic on Oak Park Boulevard was reduced to one lane for about an hour, Arroyo Grande Police said.

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