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Alcohol may have contributed to fatal accident on interstate

May 03, 2002|By MARIO RENTERÍA

Staff Writer

OCOTILLO — Alcohol is thought to have played a role in a wreck near here Wednesday that killed a 21-year-old man, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The man's identity was not available this morning because it wasn't known if his family had been contacted. The man was enlisted in the U.S. Navy, although a city of residence was unavailable.

A Highway Patrol press release states the accident occurred about 9:50 p.m.

The man was driving a small pickup east on Interstate 8 east of In-Ko-Pah Road at a rate of 85 mph when, a witness told the Highway Patrol, the man passed the witness and lost control of his vehicle as he drifted off the roadway. The side of the pickup collided with a mountain and then the pickup rolled.

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The man, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the pickup.

The press release states two empty vodka bottles were found in the vehicle and Highway Patrol investigators suspect the man may have been driving under the influence of alcohol.

>> Staff Writer Mario Rentería can be reached at 337-3441.

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