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80-year-old man ejected from car, killed at the scene of collision in Chico

CHP officers said an 80-year-old man was ejected from his vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene of a collision on Meridian Road in Chico Sunday morning.

Posted: Apr 26, 2020 3:52 PM
Updated: Apr 27, 2020 9:34 AM

CHICO, Calif. - CHP officers said an 80-year-old man was ejected from his vehicle and died at the scene of a collision on Meridian Road in Chico Sunday morning. 

It happened on Sunday, April 26 at 10:30 a.m. when a CHP officer responded to the report of a rollover traffic collision involving two vehicles on Meridian Road north of Kilkare Lane in Chico, CHP said in a press release.

Officers say an 80-year-old man was driving a 1993 Chevrolet Tahoe traveling northbound on Meridian Road when he attempted to pass a 2020 Toyota Tundra. When for unknown reasons, the 80-year-old hit the back of the Toyota Tundra while trying to pass and overturned as a result.

While his vehicle was overturning, the 80-year-old was ejected from his vehicle because he was not wearing a seatbelt and was killed, CHP said.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation. CHP says they are still working to determine if alcohol or drugs were a factor in this crash. 

The identity of the 80-year-old man is being withheld pending notification of next-of-kin.

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