MERCED COUNTY, Calif. (KFSN) -- The California Highway Patrol is investigating a single-car crash in Merced County that left one man dead.
It happened at about 8:45 pm Monday on Russell Avenue just north of Interstate 5 -- that's south of Los Banos.
Officers say the 36-year-old driver from Newman allowed his Honda to travel off the east edge of the road on Russell and collided with an empty irrigation ditch.
The driver was not wearing a seat belt and died at the scene.
It's unknown if drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash