UPDATE: The California Highway Patrol reported Friday that the dead driver is a man. It was originally reported that the driver was a woman. Also, the original report incorrectly said the power pole belonged to Pacific Gas & Electric Co. It is a Southern California Edison pole.
A 40-year-old Tulare man died and a toddler was ejected from a car after it crashed into a power pole early Thursday morning west of Porterville.
The 3-year-old boy was taken to Kaweah Delta Medical Center in Visalia with major injuries, said California Highway Patrol Sgt. Richard Holguin.
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Around 2:20 a.m., the pair was traveling west on Avenue 152 (Olive Street), west of Road 176 (about halfway between the rural communities of Woodville and Poplar) when the car, a 2008 Toyota Yaris, drifted across the eastbound lane and crashed into a Southern California Edison power pole. The pole hit the left front and driver’s side areas of the car. The man died on impact.
The man’s body was transferred to Whitehurst Peters Lloyd Funeral Services. He has not been identified pending notification of family.
The man was wearing a seat belt but the child was not, according to CHP. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.