Emergency workers deal with a crash Saturday on the overcrossing to Highway 1 at Riverside Drive in Watsonville.
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A 20-year-old Salinas man died and two Hollister men were injured in a head-on crash on the Riverside Drive Highway 1 overcrossing in Watsonville on Saturday afternoon.

Sam Courtney of the California Highway Patrol said the man was driving a 1997 Chevrolet Cavalier west on Riverside Drive crossing over the highway when it veered out of its lane and smashed into a 2004 Ford Freestar minivan just after 2pm.

Firefighters from Watsonville and Cal Fire used the Jaws of Life to pry their way into both vehicles that sustained major damage. 

The driver of the Chevy was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The 27-year-old man who was driving the Ford minivan, and his 19-year-old male passenger—both out of Hollister—suffered moderate injuries, Courtney said.

It is unknown if alcohol or drugs played a role in the crash, which is still under investigation.

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Tarmo Hannula has been the lead photographer with The Pajaronian newspaper in Watsonville since 1997. More recently Good Times & Press Banner. He also reports on a wide range of topics, including police, fire, environment, schools, the arts and events. A fifth generation Californian, Tarmo was born in the Mother Lode of the Sierra (Columbia) and has lived in Santa Cruz County since the late 1970s. He earned a BA from UC Santa Cruz and has traveled to 33 countries.


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