An Arroyo Grande teenager died in a single-vehicle crash early Thursday when he reportedly sped into a 25-mph turn on a wet road near the San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport and rolled the truck he was driving.
California Highway Patrol officials said Thursday afternoon that Cody Alan Nunes-Malone, 18, was pronounced dead at the scene. An investigation into the crash was ongoing as of late Thursday afternoon.
CHP Lt. Mike Brown said that at about 3:50 a.m., Nunes-Malone was speeding while traveling east on Buckley Road while the road was wet from overnight rain.
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Driving a 2004 Ford F-150 truck, Nunes-Malone entered a curve near Noll Road at a speed that has yet to be determined but is believed to be over the posted 25-mph limit, Brown said. He lost control of the truck, which slid off the north side of Buckley Road, struck an airport perimeter fence and rolled onto its right side before coming to a rest.
Brown said Nunes-Malone was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene by responding emergency medical personnel.
“It’s pretty clear at this point he was driving too fast under very wet conditions,” Brown said. “If he were wearing a seat belt this probably could have been a noninjury (accident).”
Drugs and alcohol do not appear to have been a factor; Brown said results of a toxicology report will not be released for several weeks.
No one has reported witnessing the crash, and investigators are encouraging anyone with information to call the CHP’s San Luis Obispo office at 805-593-3300.