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Victim in Thursday's Fatal SR 78 Accident Was Wearing Seatbelt

An investigation of the single-car collision is still ongoing and it is unknown if alcohol or drugs were any part of the accident.

The 83-year-old man who died in Thursday's single-car crash on Highway 78 was wearing his seatbelt, California Highway Patrol said in a press release Friday.

The man was driving his 2005 Dodge Magnum westbound on Highway 78, east of Old Julian Highway Thursday afternoon at speeds up to 90-100 mph, California Highway Patrol Officer Brian Pennings told Patch.

CHP stated the victim was unable to negotiate left hand curve due to his speed and ended up colliding with a power pole. Pennings told Patch the car struck two power poles and severed both of them at the base.

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The vehicle overturned and came to a rest on its hood, Pennings said The man was partially ejected from the vehicle and came to rest underneath it, according to a press release from CHP.

The elderly man was pronounced dead at the scene of the collision due to injuries sustained, Pennings said Thursday. 

CHP said the collision is still under investigation and it is unknown at this time if any alcohol or drugs were part of the accident.

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