Atascadero teen killed in crash on Highway 41

By KAREN VELIE

Update: The CHP has identified the driver as 19-year-old Orion Messina of Atascadero, who was not injured in the crash.

His 16-year-old passenger, who was not wearing a seatbelt, died at the scene. Officers believe alcohol played a roll in the fatal crash.

Initial: One person was killed Saturday after the silver SUV they were in crashed on Highway 41 between Atascadero and Morro Bay amid heavy rain and wind, according to the CHP.

Shortly before noon, a caller reported the SUV had hit an embankment and then rolled. Multiple people pulled over to assist, but the victim died.

Officers are not releasing the name of the victim pending notification of their next of kin.

The CHP is investigating the cause of the fatal crash.