The driver of the car that ran off a road and hit a tree in Auberry, killing himself and his two passengers earlier this month was driving under the influence of alcohol, the California Highway Patrol reported this morning.
Cameron Conchin's blood-alcohol level was about twice the .08 blood-alcohol standard that is legal to drive, a CHP news release said.
The release said Conchin was speeding in a 2010 Ford Mustang westbound on Frazier Road, west of Auberry Road, during the early hours of Oct. 8 when he ran off the road and hit a large oak tree.
Conchin, 27, of Clovis, and passengers Sandra Hernandez, 42, of Clovis, and Michelle McKeighen, 40, of Auberry, died at the scene.
The victims had been at a tavern in Auberry and were headed to McKeighen's home when the accident happened, the CHP said.
Conchin failed to negotiate a curve and drove through a barbed-wire fence before striking the tree, the CHP said.