UPDATE (3:39 p.m.) - The California Highway Patrol has identified the four people who were killed in a crash Monday night on Neal Springs Road near Templeton:
- Kegin Dakota York, 22, of Creston (driver)
- Taylan Elaine Perez, 22, of Paso Robles
- Shelby Lynn Biaggini, 23, of Bend, Oregon
- Karen Montescabrera, 21, of Paso Robles
Officers say the four died when York apparently attempted to pass another vehicle and crashed into a tree just east of Deer View Lane.
The CHP is asking anyone who witnessed the crash or the moments leading up to the crash, to contact the CHP's Templeton office at (805) 434-1822.
(1:26 a.m.) - The California Highway Patrol is investigating a crash that left four people dead in Templeton Monday night.
At about 9:30 p.m., CHP officials say a car was speeding on Neal Springs Rd. near Hollyhock Rd. when the driver crashed into an oak tree.
The man behind the wheel sped up to pass the car in front of him near Berry Patch Ln. and Deer View Ln. and suddenly applied the brakes. CHP reports the car careened off the roadway and into the embankment.
The car came to rest, wrapped around a large oak tree, according to CHP.
The three passengers were all identified as females, one of them was completely ejected from the back seat upon impact, despite wearing a seat belt.
According to CHP, everyone in the car was wearing a seat belt.
Officers say speed was the primary factor in the crash but they are looking into whether there were other contributing factors.
Neal Springs Road was closed from Creston Road to Berry Patch Lane for several hours following the crash. The road reopened at about 3:30 a.m. Tuesday.
If you have any information regarding the collision, you're encouraged to contact the Templeton office of the Highway Patrol at (805) 434-1822.