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Authorities identify man killed in Hwy. 46 crash

California Highway Patrol
Posted at 7:21 AM, May 09, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-10 11:04:13-04

(KERO) — UPDATE (8 AM): Authorities identified Donald Lavern Beith, 88, of Oceano, Calif., as the driver of a 2014 GMC who was killed in a crash Saturday on Hwy. 46.

The California Highway Patrol says a man was killed and a passenger injured Saturday on Hwy. 46 after he ran a red light at the Hwy. 33 intersection.

CHP said officers received reports of the crash shortly after 2 p.m.

CHP said a preliminary investigation found that an 88-year-old man from Oceano, Calif., driving a 2014 GMC east on Hwy. 46 within the intersection of Hwy. 33 for unknown reasons failed to stop for a red light and crashed into the side of a tanker trailer.

The driver of the GMC was declared dead at the scene and a passenger of the GMC was taken to a hospital with moderate injuries, said CHP.

CHP said the crash is being investigated and alcohol or drugs to not appear to be factors in the crash.