One person was killed in a single-vehicle accident on River Road just west of Harrold. Authorities didn’t name the victim but identified him only as a 23-year-old male.
According to the details shared by the California Highway Patrol, the crash happened in the evening of Sunday, February 14. It was reported to the authorities at around 7 p.m. The solo vehicle involved in the crash was identified as a 2021 Kia K5.
The Kia was headed westbound along the River Road at the time the incident took place. Evidence and witness statements suggest that the driver was traveling above the speed of 55 mph. The evidence also indicates that the driver was distracted and impaired. It is possible that he was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time.
As the vehicle reached west of Harrold, the distraction of the driver caused the vehicle to drift away from the roadway. The car went off onto the northern shoulder and further away into an almond orchard located by the roadside. It then collided with two almond trees at a high rate of speed.
The sheer impact of the collision caused serious damage to the vehicle and brought it to a rough halt. The driver of the vehicle was not wearing a seatbelt at the time and was ejected from it. He sustained critical injuries.
Once the first responders and paramedics reached the crash scene, attempts were made to revive the victim. CPR was also performed on the man but these attempts failed. The victim succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead on the scene of the accident.
CHP continues to investigate the accident on River Road. Impairment and distracted driving are being listed as probable causes, although subsequent investigations may ascertain whether this is the case.
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