A man riding a mini-bike on Highway 166 in the Cuyama area was killed when he was stuck by a car Saturday night.

A man riding a mini-bike on Highway 166 in the Cuyama area was killed when he was stuck by a car Saturday night.

The victim’s name was not released by the California Highway Patrol. He was identified in a press release only as a 37-year-old man with adresses in Taft and New Cuyama.

According to the CHP, the victim was eastbound in the westbound lanes Highway 166 west of Johnson Street when he was struck by  a westbound car driven by  David Edwards, 51, of Nipomo.

The victim’s mini-bike had n lights or reflectors, according to the CHP.

He was ejected and died instantly, the CHP said. He was not wearing a helmet.

The victim was carrying a backpack full of canned beer, but officers said it won’t be know if alcohol was a factor until toxicology tests are completed in a couple of weeks.

Alcohol was apparently a factor in a single-vehicle crash that injured a Taft teen early Sunday morning.
CHP spokesman Justin Olson said Jacob Faust, 19, suffered a head laceration when his pickup overturned on Highway 119 near Golf Course Road shortly after 6 a.m. Sunday morning.

He told officers he would seek his own medical aid. Olson said Faust was cited for driving under the influence.

Two hours later, traffic on Highway 33 near Kerto Road was slowed for a time when a vehicle overturned and landed on its side. There were no injuries in that crash.

A teacher at the taft Community Correctional Facility escaped serious injury when his car overturned on Gardner Field Road east of Gas Company Road Monday morning.

Lewis Lee Wakeland, 76, was heading westbound on Gardner Field Road when his car left the roadway and overturned, landing on its roof.

Wakeland suffered no serious injuries but was taken by ambulance to Mercy Southwest Hospital to be checked out.