One person was killed and three others hospitalized after a Saturday night car crash along Highway 46, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The CHP says that a 2002 Honda Odyssey minivan crashed into the left side of a 2004 Scion whose driver made a sudden, sharp left turn in front of the Honda while they were both traveling east along 46.
East of the junction of 46 with Highway 41, about 25 miles east of Paso Robles, the Scion’s driver had applied its brakes and slowed down in the eastbound lane, according to a CHP news release.
The Honda moved into the westbound lane to pass the Scion, according to the CHP. As the Honda started to overtake the Scion, the latter made a sharp, sudden left turn directly into the Honda’s path, the CHP said.
After crashing, both vehicles ended up on the highway’s westbound shoulder, according to the news release.
The deceased is a 67-year-old Modesto man who was a passenger in the Scion, the CHP said. He was pronounced dead at Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton after being taken there by helicopter.
The driver, a 30-year-old Modesto man, suffered major injuries that were being treated at Twin Cities. A 2-year-old girl and a 30-year-old woman — both also from Modesto — suffered minor injuries and were also treated at the hospital.
The Honda’s driver and sole occupant, a 52-year-old Salinas man, was not hurt, according to the CHP.
The agency would not disclose the names of anyone involved or hurt in the crash.
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