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Meth a factor in fatal Grover Beach crash

Published On: Jun 13 2013 02:03:49 AM CDT   Updated On: Jun 13 2013 04:39:23 PM CDT

The Grover Beach Police Department concluded Raymond Cano was high on methamphetamine when his pickup truck slammed into a tree at 50 mph on April 2.

Cano and his wife, Kimberly, died at the scene.

The crash happened about 9:17 p.m. in the 900 block of El Camino Real in Grover Beach. Emergency personnel found the Cano's 1994 Ford truck resting on its side. The police investigation also determined speed was a factor in the crash, but that Mr. Cano driving under the influence was the primary factor.

Here is the entire Grover Beach Police Department News Release:

CASE #:                                               13-0522 

DATE/TIME:                                      April 2, 2013 / 9:17 p.m. 

LOCATION:                                        900 block of El Camino Real

SUBJECT:                                             ***Fatal Traffic
Collision Investigation Results***

On Tuesday April 2, 2013 at about 9:17 p.m. Grover Beach Police Officers and
Five Cities Fire personnel were dispatched to an injury traffic collision in
the 900 block of El Camino Real. Initial reports from reporting persons
indicated a single vehicle vs. tree collision occurred. Upon the emergency
responders arrival they found a 1994 Ford pick-up truck had struck a large
tree and was now resting on its driver's side with two occupants still
inside. The emergency responders were able to check the occupants'
conditions and determined both occupants were deceased.

The result of the traffic collision investigation determined the primary
collision factor was the driver, Mr. Cano, Driving Under the Influence of
Methamphetamine. Other contributing factors to the collision were determined
to be improper turning movements created when the vehicle veered off the
roadway and an unsafe speed for the roadway conditions. The estimated speed
of the vehicle at the time of the collision was approximately 50 m.p.h.


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