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Man Succumbs to Injuries 2 Days After Single-Vehicle Crash in Santa Maria

Petito Espiritu, 67, was hurt in accident Nov. 7 at intersection of Miller Street and Chapel Avenue

A Santa Maria police officer investigates a single-vehicle accident that occurred Nov. 7 at the intersection of Miller Street and Chapel Avenue. The driver was taken to the hospital and died two days later. Click to view larger
A Santa Maria police officer investigates a single-vehicle accident that occurred Nov. 7 at the intersection of Miller Street and Chapel Avenue. The driver was taken to the hospital and died two days later. (Santa Maria Police Department photo)

A man injured last week in a single-vehicle crash died two days later, Santa Maria police said Wednesday. 

Emergency personnel were dispatched at 5:48 a.m. on Nov. 7 to the collision at the intersection of Miller Street and Chapel Avenue.

Upon arrival, police found a pickup truck that had slammed into a tree and sustained major front-end damage.

The driver, Petito Espiritu, 67, of Santa Maria, was taken to Marian Regional Medical Center with what appeared to be minor injuries, police said.

However, Espiritu died Nov. 9 as a result of the injuries he received in the crash, officers added.

Alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the accident, police said. 

Traffic investigators are requesting anyone who might have any information regarding the accident to contact the Police Department at 805.928.3781 x1176.

Noozhawk North County editor Janene Scully can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

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