CHP identifies Atascadero man killed in crash

The California Highway Patrol has identified a 50-year-old Atascadero man who was killed in a single vehicle crash early Sunday morning as Eric J. Polmanteer.

At about 12:15 a.m., Polmanteer was headed northbound on El Camino Real south of Asuncion Road southeast of Atascadero. Polmanteer lost control of his vehicle, drove onto a dirt shoulder and off the roadway. 

Polmanteer’s vehicle then rolled before crashing into a fence. The force of the crash partially ejected the Atascadero man from the vehicle.

Investigators said Polmanteer was not wearing his seatbelt correctly. Responders pronounced him dead at the scene of the crash.

An investigation into the crash is ongoing. It is unclear what caused Polmanteer to lose control of his vehicle, but investigators do not believe drugs or alcohol were factors in the collision. 

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