Lompoc man killed in crash after car plunges 200 feet from Highway 166

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. - A Lompoc man is dead after his car went off the roadway near Rock Front Ranch on Highway 166.

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department said the deadly crash happened just before 7 a.m. Friday.

The California Highway Patrol said that as the driver entered a left-hand curve in the roadway at an unknown speed, he failed to negotiate the curve, overcorrected, and went off the roadway after driving over loose gravel.

The vehicle initially crashed into a metal guardrail which propelled the car to catapult down the embankment. The car came to rest about 300 feet over the side of the road, according to CHP. The driver was the only occupant of the car at the time of the crash.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff Search and Rescue helped bring the body back to the road.

California Highway Patrol officers are investigating the cause of the crash. Authorities said it doesn't appear either alcohol or drugs played a factor in the deadly crash but are still waiting on toxicology reports.

No further details are known at this time. We will update this story when new information becomes available.

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