Two killed in crash on Highway 101 at Cuesta Grade

Driver arrested in crash, according to CHP

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. - Two people are dead following a multi-vehicle crash on the Cuesta Grade north of San Luis Obispo.

According to the California Highway Patrol, it happened late Tuesday night when a car traveling southbound on U.S. Highway 101 about halfway down the grade lost control and slammed into a dirt embankment and then the concrete center divider, ejecting two passengers from the back seat.

The two ejected passengers were then run over and killed by at least two other vehicles traveling behind.  Neither of the back seat passengers was wearing a seatbelt.

The driver of the car suffered major injuries and was taken to the hospital. He has been identified as Robert Dave Jones II, 19, of Fresno.  The front seat passenger suffered minor injuries according to officials. That passenger has been identified as Cynthia Rendon, 20, of Fresno.

Alcohol played a part in the crash and the driver will be arrested, CHP said.

The identities of the deceased have not been released but they were ages 20 and 21, and both are from Fresno as well.

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