Santa Monica man ejected as car goes off road and into ravine

A Santa Monica man was seriously injured Sunday when he was ejected from his car after it rolled into a ravine on Hudson Ranch Road Sunday.

The accident started a brush fire when the car burst into flames after the crash.

The California Highway Patrol said Vyacheslav Knyazev, 42, was driving a 2006 Chevrolet Corvette eastbound on Hudson Ranch road approximately 6 miles east of Highway 33 at approximately 45 to 50 miles per hour.

The CHP said Knyazev lost control in a left hand curve and the Corvette went off the right side of the road, driving down a steep ravine.
It collided with a tree before overturning, coming to rest on its roof.

Knyazev was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected during the crash.  He suffered major injuries and was transported by ambulance to Kern Medical.

The car started a brush fire that was extinguished by the Kern County Fire Department and the United States Forest Service.  Drugs or alcohol do not appear to be a factor in this collision.