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CHP: Driver killed in head-on Hwy 166 crash was under influence of drugs

Posted at 4:59 PM, Jun 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-28 20:10:59-04

A driver who died in a head-on crash on Highway 166 in April killing himself and his passenger and injuring three Cal Pal Poly students was under the influence of drugs at the time, according to the California Highway Patrol.

CHP officials confirmed the information Friday but said the agency’s policy prohibits them from disclosing what type of drugs Brian Scott Adams, 29, of Bakersfield had in his system at the time.

The crash, which left both vehicles involved heavily damaged, was reported the afternoon of April 6 near Rock Front Ranch in Cuyama.

Adams and passenger Ashley Nicole Castillo, 29, also of Bakersfield, were both in a Honda Accord.

CHP said Adams pulled into the oncoming lane to pass traffic when he crashed head-on into another vehicle, injuring three women in their early 20s, who attended Cal Poly.

The women reportedly sustained minor to major injuries.

Photo courtesy Santa Barbara County Fire Department
Photo courtesy Santa Barbara County Fire Department