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3 killed in head-on crash near New Cuyama identified

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Officers have released the names of three people killed late Sunday afternoon in a head-on crash on Highway 166 near New Cuyama.

They have been identified as Alejandro M. Santiago, 19, of Santa Maria, Denise L. Courtis, 54, of Bakersfield, and Robert L. Swarens, 61, of Citrus Heights. 

According to the California Highway Patrol, Santiago was heading westbound on Highway 166 in a Ford Escape, east of Bell Drive, when, for unknown reasons, he crossed into oncoming traffic, colliding head-on with a Ford Explorer.

Courtis was reportedly driving the Ford Explorer with Swarens as her passenger.

They along with Santiago all died at the scene. 

The exact cause of the crash remains under investigation. 

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