A Coalinga man was identified as the person who died in Friday’s crash on Highway 41 en route to the Central Coast, the California Highway Patrol reported.
David Ruiz, 26, of Coalinga, was the passenger in a car driven northbound by Allyson Weinstein, 23, of Paso Robles. She had major injuries and he died at the scene. Four Clovis residents had minor injuries in the crash when the driver, going southbound, veered off the road after striking the passenger side of the car.
The CHP report says Weinstein, driving 65 mph, tried to pass a slower vehicle but didn’t have enough clearance. She tried return to the northbound lane safely, but lost control and was struck by the southbound sport-utility vehicle, which overturned and landed on its roof.
The crash on Highway 41 south of the Kings County line Friday squeezed traffic to one lane for more nearly four hours and backed up traffic on the main coastal route between the central San Joaquin Valley and Central Coast for several miles, the California Highway Patrol said.
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The crash occurred about 12:30 p.m. Traffic started flowing in both directions about 4:40 p.m.
CHP Officer Steve Schuh said the crash occurred about a mile south of York Avenue in Kern County and that traffic breaks were being done in San Luis Obispo County and near the Kings-Kern counties line.