A 24-year-old driver died early Thursday after his car was sheared in half in a violent collision on Highway 101 in Prunedale.
The dead man, whose name wasn't released, was southbound near Crazy Horse Canyon Road when he pulled into the median and then turned left directly into the path of a northbound car carrying a driver and passenger.
The victim was thrown from his badly damaged Honda Accord and pronounced dead at the scene of the 5:30 a.m. collision, said California Highway Patrol spokesman Officer Robert Lehman.
The cause "looks like it was lack of attention to oncoming traffic," he said.
The two people in the other car, a Mitsubishi Eclipse, didn't have significant injuries. They had abrasions from seatbelts and airbags, but were not taken to a hospital, Lehman said.
Neither drugs nor alcohol were suspected in the crash, nor was speed. Witnesses said both cars were going 50 to 55 mph before the crash, Lehman said.
Both northbound highway lanes were closed for a short time, as northbound vehicles were directed onto the median. Southbound lanes remained open, while one northbound lane remained closed until shortly before 9 a.m.