Mammoth Man Dies in Accident

A 33 year old Mammoth man died this morning from injuries sustained in an accident on Benton Crossing Rd. The CHP said that they received a call about an overturned vehicle in a ditch on Benton Crossing Road, east of Whitmore Tubs Road. The CHP arrived on scene 7 minutes later. The driver died from injuries sustained in the wreck. He has now been identified as 33 year old Luis Robert-Lopez Pineda of Mammoth.

The CHP officer found that the driver and sole occupant of the 2003 Volkswagon Jetta had suffered major head and neck injuries. The officer performed CPR, but Mono Paramedics pronounced the man dead a short time later.

The CHP said the man was believed to have been driving eastbound on Benton Crossing Rd. at a high rate of speed and failed to negotiate a sweeping left curve in the road. The CHP said that alcohol is believed to have been a factor in this collision, pending an autopsy and toxicology exam results.

The accident remains under investigation.

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