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Man killed in overnight crash in Oroville identified

The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has identified the man killed in a single-vehicle crash overnight in Oroville.

Posted: Mar 19, 2021 10:12 AM
Updated: Mar 19, 2021 3:54 PM

UPDATE: 3:44 p.m. Friday, March 19, 2021 – The California Highway Patrol (CHP) has identified the man killed in a single-vehicle crash overnight in Oroville.

34-year-old Eugene Lopez, from Martinez, California died after his vehicle left the roadway and crashed into a tree after leaving the Gold Country Casino, according to the CHP.

This is a developing story. Action News Now will keep you updated with new information on-air and online.

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OROVILLE, Calif. – The California Highway Patrol (CHP) is investigating a deadly overnight crash in Oroville.

Homeowners on Foothill Boulevard in Oroville woke up around 8 a.m. and contacted the CHP about a crash.

Through investigation, CHP Officer, Ben Draper, said the vehicle left the Gold Country Casino around midnight and headed east on Foothill Boulevard when for an unknown reason, the vehicle left the roadway and crashed into a tree on Foothill Boulevard just south of Snake Road in Oroville.

The driver, who was not wearing a seat belt, was partially ejected from the vehicle, and died on scene, Draper said.

The CHP said they suspect that driving under the influence played a factor in the crash. They are working to find witnesses at the Gold Country Casino to learn more.

Draper said it is a good possibility that it was raining around the time of the crash, causing the roads to be slippery.

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