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UPDATE: Paso Robles man pronounced dead at scene of crash off Hwy 46

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Posted at 2:29 PM, Jan 17, 2023
and last updated 2023-01-18 18:53:03-05

UPDATE: The California Highway Patrol on Wednesday identified the driver as Richard H. Clement, Sr., 70, of Paso Robles.

UPDATE (4:30 p.m.) - A 70-year-old Paso Robles man was pronounced dead after his vehicle went off Highway 46 near Paso Robles Tuesday afternoon.

The California Highway Patrol says it’s believed the man may have suffered a medical emergency just before 2 p.m. that caused him to go off the road.

Another driver reported the truck was heading westbound on the highway, west of Bethel Road, when it began drifting across traffic and onto a dirt embankment.

Officers say the Dodge Ram was then seen heading back across the eastbound lanes of the highway before going across the westbound lane and down an embankment in front of Tooth and Nail Winery on Anderson Road.

CHP says there were no reports of reckless driving or indications the man was speeding prior to the crash, adding that there is also no indication that drugs, alcohol or distracted driving were factors.

A California State Parks ranger and off-duty peace officer reportedly arrived on scene within a minute of the crash and despite life-saving efforts, the man was pronounced dead at the scene.

His name has not yet been released. The crash investigation is ongoing.
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(2:29 p.m.) - Emergency crews were called to the scene of a crash near Paso Robles Tuesday afternoon.

It was reported just before 2 p.m. on Highway 46 near Anderson Road.

CAL FIRE says a vehicle was off the road and CPR was in progress. It was unknown how many people were in the car at the time of the crash.

Initial reports into the California Highway Patrol reported the vehicle was swerving and then hit an embankment before crossing into opposing traffic and going down a ravine. It was reported the vehicle was not visible from Highway 46.

This is a developing story and will be updated as information becomes available.