A 61-year-old man from Ben Lomond died after his car veered off Highway 17 and smashed into a metal pole Sunday.

Just before 9am, Thomas Jacobson was approaching El Rancho Drive northbound when his 1991 Honda left the road for an unknown reason.

Investigators say it’s unclear how fast he was driving or if drugs or alcohol were a factor in the collision. It was cloudy and raining at the time of the incident.

“As a result of the crash, Jacobson suffered major injuries and was pronounced deceased on scene by medical personnel, despite lifesaving efforts,” said California Highway Patrol Officer Israel Murillo, of the Santa Cruz station. “The crash is still under investigation.”

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Drew Penner is an award-winning Canadian journalist whose reporting has appeared in the Globe and Mail, Good Times Santa Cruz, Los Angeles Times, Scotts Valley Press Banner, San Diego Union-Tribune, KCRW and the Vancouver Sun. Please send your Los Gatos and Santa Cruz County news tips to [email protected].


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