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Authorities release identities of three killed in crash near Cuyama

CUYAMA, Calif. - The California Highway Patrol has released the names of the three people killed Sunday night in a head-on crash west of Cuyama.

Denise Courtis, 54, of Bakersfield and Robert Swarens, 61, of Citrus Heights were traveling eastbound on State Route 166 in a 2002 Ford Explorer.

Alejandro Santiago, 19, of Santa Maria was traveling westbound on State Route 166 in a 2011 Ford Escape.

For reasons that are unclear, Santiago's vehicle veered into oncoming traffic and collided head on with the vehicle driven by Courtis.

All three died at the scene as a result of blunt force trauma from the crash.

It's currently unclear if alcohol or drugs were involved in the crash.


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