3 killed, 1 injured in head-on car crash northwest of Paso Robles

Three people were killed on Monday afternoon in a two-vehicle, head-on collision on Nacimiento Lake Drive in northwestern San Luis Obispo County, according to the CHP.

The collision occurred about 2:09 p.m. on Nacimiento Lake Drive east of San Marcos Road, in an area northwest of Paso Robles, according to a CHP news release.

An unidentified driver and passenger were traveling eastbound in a 2015 Dodge Dart, possibly under the influence of alcohol, according to the release.

At the same time, John Kudla, 58, of Paso Robles was driving westbound with a passenger his 2001 Ford F-150, the CHP said. As the vehicles approached each other, the driver of the Dodge crossed the double yellow lines to pass another eastbound vehicle.

The Dodge and the Ford collided head-on in the westbound lane and came to rest on the north shoulder, the CHP said.

The driver and right-front passenger in the Dodge were pronounced dead at the scene of the collision, the agency said.

According to the CHP, the right-front passenger of the Ford was given CPR on-scene and transported via ambulance to a local trauma center, where she died from her injuries.

Kudla sustained lacerations and cuts and transported himself to the hospital for treatment, the CHP said.

The CHP has not yet identified the Dodge driver and passenger. The agency is withholding the identity of the Ford passenger pending notifications of next of kin.

The collision remains under investigation. Any witnesses are encouraged to contact Officer Newby at the Templeton CHP office by calling 805-434-1822.

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Lindsey Holden writes about housing, North County communities and everything in between for The Tribune in San Luis Obispo. She became a staff writer in 2016 after working for the Rockford Register Star in Illinois. Lindsey is a native Californian raised in the Midwest and earned degrees from DePaul and Northwestern universities.