UPDATE 2:14 p.m: The man who died Wednesday in Atascadero after apparently losing control of the car he was driving was identified by the CHP as Jorge Luis Perez of Santa Maria.
The 19-year-old was driving south on Highway 101 near San Ramon Road at 7:10 p.m. when he entered a right-hand curve and went out of control, according to CHP officers.
The 2002 Saturn crossed one lane and the right shoulder before hitting a tree, the CHP said.
Perez died at the scene. He was alone in the car, CHP said, and no other vehicles were involved.
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A blood test will be conducted today to determine whether alcohol or drugs was a factor in the crash, said Officer Todd Cookston of the Templeton CHP.
It’s unknown at this time whether speed may have played a role, he said. However, witnesses told the CHP that they believe the vehicle was traveling at least 85 miles per hour before the crash, Cookston said.
— Cynthia Lambert
Original story: One man was killed Wednesday evening after he apparently lost control of the car he was driving and hit a tree off Highway 101 in Atascadero.
The crash occurred about 7:10 p.m. off southbound Highway 101 near San Ramon Road. CHP officers said the 2002 Saturn entered a right-hand curve and went out of control. The car crossed one lane and the right shoulder before hitting the tree, according to the CHP.
The man, whose name and city of residence were not available Wednesday night, died at the scene. He was alone in the car, according to the CHP.
No other vehicles were involved.