Fatal Accident on Austin and Keystone


CHP new logoA two-vehicle collision was reported at 3:00 Friday afternoon at the intersection of Keystone and Austin Roads. One of the vehicles was pushed into a utility pole, with both vehicles landing in a nearby canal. Each vehicle contained two occupants. An occupant in the vehicle that was pushed into the pole was later pronounced dead at Pioneers Memorial Hospital. He was identified as Michael Smart, a current resident of San Francisco. originally from Brawley.  An autopsy to determine a cause of death will be performed Tuesday. The intersection was closed Friday afternoon while Imperial Irrigation District crews replaced the downed pole. The California Highway Patrol continues to investigate the collision.