One dead in Salinas Highway 101 crash

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A 35-year-old man died in a crash on Highway 101 in Salinas on Sunday night. 

According to the California Highway Patrol, around 10:15 p.m., they were informed of a two-vehicle collision on Hwy-101. Preliminary investigation reveals that the driver, identified as a Salinas man, was driving a 2018 Chevrolet and lost control of the vehicle for an unknown reason. 

The Chevrolet rolled over and stopped in the roadway with its lights off. 

Witnesses pulled over, and put on their hazard lights as a signal for the oncoming traffic that there is a vehicle on the roadway. 

However, a 44-year-old driver driving a 2019 Dodge Ram, running at 65mph, collided with the Chevrolet. 

After the second crash, the Salinas man suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. 

CHP’s incident report stated that he was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash. 

The driver of the Dodge Ram did not suffer any injuries. 

Anyone with more information on the collision is asked to contact Officer D. Watson with CHP Monterey at 821-770-8000.


Charlene is a Bay Area journalist who hails from the small community of Fresno. Drawing from her experience writing for her college paper, Charlene continues to advocate for free press and local journalism. She also volunteers in all the beach cleanups she can because she loves the water.