San Luis Obispo County, California — August 4, 2012
Police say two motorists died Saturday during a collision in the Templeton area.
Troopers with the California Highway Patrol report that an unidentified motorist was behind the wheel of a GMC Sierra pickup truck as it traveled east along California State Route 46. As he approached Jack Creek Road, around 4:55 p.m., the pickup’s driver observed a Lexus veer into oncoming traffic while headed west.
Investigators say the Lexus struck the pickup truck head-to-head. Paramedics rushed the pickup’s driver to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, but doctors were unable to save him. The Lexus’s driver died on scene.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that the number of fatalities along America’s roadways declined in 2010 for the fifth-straight year. The total number of highway deaths last year was 32,788, down 3 percent over 2009.
UPDATE: The deceased drivers have been identified. Police say 62-year-old Paso Robles resident Shirline Miller was driving the Lexus, while 50-year-old Nipomo resident James Fenstermaker was operating the pickup truck.
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