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UPDATE: 1 person dies in Paso Robles crash Friday night

Posted at 12:04 AM, Dec 14, 2019

UPDATE (2:25 p.m. Saturday) - CHP says one person has died in a fatal crash on Highway 101 northbound near Paso Robles Friday night.

Officials say 35-year-old Jose Toral of Atascadero died after he crashed into the car of 59-year-old John Hutchings, who has minor injuries from the incident.

Authorities do not know why Toral collided with Hutchings' vehicle.

Shortly after 11 p.m. Friday, Toral drove on Highway 101 northbound near Main Street in Paso Robles behind Hutchings, according to CHP.

CHP officials say, for unknown reasons, Toral turned his 1998 Ford Explorer to the right while approaching Hutchings' 2015 Honda CRV in the leftmost lane. Afterwards, the front of Toral's car collided with the rear of Hutchings' vehicle.

The collision propelled Hutchings' car in a northeast direction and eventually collided with a guardrail.

Toral's vehicle propelled eastward, where it traveled off the roadway and crashed into a roadside sign and a tree. The car came to a rest on its roof.

Police say alcohol has not been ruled out as a contributing factor to the collision.


(UPDATE: 1:30 a.m. Saturday) - The San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's office responded to a fatal crash in Paso Robles.

Deputies say the crash happened on northbound Highway 101 just north of Main Street near Target in Paso Robles.

California Highway Patrol says one person died on scene of the crash.

The identity of that person has not been released at this time.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.
Authorities were on scene of a crash on Highway 101 in the Paso Robles area late Friday night.

It happened shortly after 11 p.m. in the northbound lanes north of Main Street.

According to the California Highway Patrol, two vehicles were involved.

One was reportedly overturned on the side of the road and the other in the center divider.

While authorities were unable to confirm the extent of any injuries, CHP was reporting a possible fatality associated with the crash.

Paso Robles Fire was asking drivers to use caution if heading through the area and authorities remained on scene as of 12:25 a.m. Saturday.

CHP logs showed both vehicles would be towed for evidence.

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