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Update: Man dies in car crash near Los Banos

A man was killed in a single-vehicle crash about eight miles northwest of Los Banos on Thursday after losing control of his car.

The name of the man, who was in his early 30s, is not being released until his next-of-kin can be notified, according to Officer Lance Velez of the California Highway Patrol’s Los Banos office.

The CHP arrived at site of the Ingomar Grade at Hearst Road crash before 6 a.m. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene, Velez said.

Investigators believe the man was driving at a high rate of speed in a two-door 1991 Accura Integra southbound on Ingomar Road. Velez said the driver traveled too fast through a sweeping right hand turn in the road and drove into the opposing lane. “Then as he tried to correct his path of travel he overcorrected, and the vehicle started spinning in a clockwise direction,” Velez said.

The car then went over some railroad tracks and struck a telephone pole that had been laying on its side. “Once he struck the telephone pole, the vehicle overturned,” Velez said.

No one else was hurt and no other vehicles were involved in the accident, Velez said.

Reporter Victor A. Patton can be reached at (209) 385-2431 or vpatton@mercedsun-star.com.

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