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Santa Barbara man identified as driver killed in Hwy 154 crash

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Posted at 4:34 PM, Dec 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-23 19:34:16-05

A 51-year-old man has been identified as the driver killed after crashing into a tree off Highway 154 Friday night.

Authorities say Rene Martinez-Carrasco of Santa Barbara was heading westbound on the highway, just east of the Lake Cachuma entrance shortly after 7 p.m. when, for unknown reasons, his car went off the road, rolled and hit a tree.

Martinez-Carrasco was pronounced dead at the scene

The crash remains under investigation but according to CHP, witnesses reported Martinez-Carrasco was attempting to pass a vehicle at a "high rate of speed" prior to the crash.

Anyone with information is asked to call the CHP Bulleton office at (805) 688-5551.