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Victim identified in deadly crash along Hwy 41 near Creston

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A deadly car crash took the life of a 26-year-old Atascadero man and injured another.

It happened just before 8 Sunday morning on Highway 41 near Cripple Creek Road just outside of Creston.

While the investigation into what caused this car crash is underway, nearby residents say this particular stretch of road was just resurfaced leaving low shoulders that are of concern. They say cars also make illegal passes and go well above the speed limit.

Randy Mantel has lived on Highway 41 for more than twenty years. In that time, he's witnessed a number of crashes.
 
"I've seen a motorcycle wreck from my front porch before," Mantel said. "It's a dangerous stretch of highway here. People pass too often and not being cautious about it."
 
Mantel says he witnessed a car full of kids flip over. His wife was also hit head-on years back after another car crossed the double yellow line.
 
"Thank god that she was okay," Mantel continued.
 
Sunday's deadly crash happened not far from Mantel's home.
 
The California Highway Patrol says just before 8 a.m., Cory Rodriguez of Atascadero was heading south on Highway 41 near Cripple Creek Road. He made a turn at a 30 mile per hour curve.

His car, a Subaru... law enforcement says, then went off the road through a barbed wire fence, into a live stock pasture and hit a tree.
 
Rodriguez died. His passenger, 21-year-old, Elijah Susen of Santa Margarita was taken to the hospital with major injuries.
 
Other residents have taken to Facebook to express their concerns with the road... one said:
 
"The road has been repaved and is in desperate need of the shoulder to be filled in with road base or decomposed granite."

Mantel added:
 
"The one incident that I told you about earlier - as soon as you hit the soft shoulder, boy, your vehicle is almost instantly out of control."
 
Once again, we don't know if the road had any role in the crash. The CHP says that alcohol or drugs have not been ruled out as a contributing factor. 

The driver and his passenger were both wearing seat belts.

Just a few hours after the deadly crash, another car crash happened just down the way on Highway 41 and Homestead Road. No injuries were reported.

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