LOST HILLS — A 20-year-old Hanford man was killed and three others were injured Sunday after they drifted into oncoming traffic and hit another vehicle head on, the California Highway Patrol said.
Around 6:02 a.m., the CHP said, a 2001 Chevrolet was heading eastbound on State Route 46 at high speed. For an unknown reason, the Chevrolet made an unsafe turning movement that caused the vehicle to cross into the westbound lane, hitting an oncoming 2014 Chevrolet.
The CHP said the driver, who was not wearing a seatbelt, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. Kern County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Ray Pruitt said the coroner had not yet released the driver’s name on Monday.
The passengers in the 2001 Chevrolet, both from Hanford, were taken to Kern Medical Hospital. A 19-year-old man suffered major injuries. The other passenger, a 16-year-old male, suffered minor injuries. Neither passenger was wearing a seatbelt, the CHP said.
The driver of the 2014 Chevrolet, a 62-year-old Holtville man, suffered minor injuries.
The CHP said the crash closed lanes on State Route 46 for about three hours. This incident remains under investigation.