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Driver killed in Thursday morning crash

HIDDEN VALLEY LAKE – A driver involved in a head-on collision on Thursday morning near Hidden Valley Lake has died, with the other driver in the crash arrested for driving under the influence.


The 58-year-old man, whose name was not released pending family notification, died at the scene of the crash, south of Spruce Grove Road South on Highway 29, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Steve Tanguay.


Arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs was Paul Cuschieri, 27, of Guerneville, said Tanguay.


Tanguay said the crash happened at approximately 11 a.m.


The unidentified driver was driving a 1988 Plymouth Voyager southbound on Highway 29 at approximately 55 miles per hour, with Cuschieri driving his 2005 Jeep Wrangler northbound at the same speed.


The two vehicles collided head on toward the center of the roadway, said Tanguay.


The driver of the Plymouth Voyager was pronounced deceased at the collision scene, while Cuschieri was transported to U.C. Davis Medical Center by REACH helicopter for major injuries, Tanguay said.


Both men were wearing their seat belts and the air bags were deployed in the Jeep, according to Tanguay.


Tanguay said the collision is still under investigation by Officer Steve Curtis.


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