Man killed near Smartville |

Man killed near Smartville

A 35-year-old Olivehurst man was killed on Hammonton-Smartville Road late Friday morning after his plumbing truck veered off the road and hit a tree.

Yuba-Sutter CHP Public Information Officer Jeff Larson said a PG&E worker came upon the accident west of South Golden Parkway at approximately 11:50 a.m., called 911 and began CPR on the man.

The victim is not being identified pending notification of next of kin.

A CHP officer arrived on the scene minutes later and helped with life-saving measures.

Paramedics arrived shortly afterward and pronounced the man dead.

He is the sixth traffic fatality in the Yuba-Sutter area this year, Larson said.

Larson said there were no skid marks on the eastbound lane where the man wrecked, and the cause of the accident is unknown. Neither speed nor alcohol were factors in accident, he said, which was on a relatively straight section of the road.

“It could have been any number of things,” Larson said. “We’ll know more after the autopsy.”

Autopsy results will be available next week, he said.

The man was driving a 2001 Chevrolet pickup truck with a utility bed, carrying a length of pipe, which became embedded in the tree during the accident.

“Since he was driving a plumbing truck, it’s reasonable to believe he was a plumber,” Larson said.

The truck was registered to the victim.

Larson asks anyone who might have witnessed the accident to call Yuba-Sutter CHP at 674-5141.

“We’ve got a lot of unanswered questions with this crash,” Larson said. “Anyone driving in that area around 11:30 a.m. might have seen something.”


To contact staff writer Robyn Moormeister, e-mail robynm@ or call 477-4236.

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