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Driver killed when pickup goes over side of Hwy 166

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Posted at 1:26 PM, Apr 24, 2023
and last updated 2023-04-25 21:12:11-04

UPDATE (Tues., April 25, 2023) - The California Highway Patrol has identified the driver in Monday's crash as Juan Albinedaduarte, 54, of Grover Beach.

According to the CHP, Albinedaduarte was driving westbound on Highway 166 just west of Sierra Madre Rd. when he left the road at a curve in the roadway and his vehicle went off a steep hillside. The vehicle reportedly rolled several times before landing in the Cuyama River.

(Mon., April 24, 2023) - One person was killed when a vehicle went off Highway 166.

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department says emergency crews were requested at the scene in the eastbound lanes just west of Rock Front Ranch shortly before 8:15 a.m. Monday.

When crews arrived, they say a pickup truck was located about 300 feet over the side of the road.

The vehicle appeared to have landed in water but was not submerged.

The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Their name has not yet been released.

The California Highway Patrol is handling the crash investigation.