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Deadly crash on Highway 166 near Maricopa

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Posted at 2:13 PM, Jan 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-03 13:38:56-05

A deadly crash along Highway 166 south of Maricopa Monday is being investigated by California Highway Patrol.

An Acura was traveling northbound on Highway 166 approaching Hudson Ranch Road where a Chevy Tahoe was stopped at the stop sign, according to CHP.

The Tahoe pulled out in front of the Acura. The driver of the Tahoe was 37-year-old Ma Hurtado with four other passengers, two of which were juveniles. No one in the Tahoe was injured.

Three people were inside the Acura including the 65-year-old driver from Santa Maria who died at the scene. Melissa Robbibs, 42, and a 12-year-old in the car were taken to the hospital with unknown injuries.

The roadway has been reopened as of Monday evening. Drugs or alcohol are not suspected to be factors.

CHP said the traffic in the area is due to traveling snow bunnies visiting the mountain communities for the weather.

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Highway 166 in the greater New Cuyama area nearby has been the site of several deadly crashes in recent months.

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