Shafter man thrown from pickup, killed in crash

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A 25-year-old Shafter man was killed Thursday night in a solo-vehicle crash.

Steven Armand Patterson allowed his pickup to drift onto the dirt shoulder on Jumper Avenue north of Lerdo Highway, the California Highway Patrol said.

Patterson's truck hit a wooden power pole and two almond trees before he was thrown from the vehicle and killed, according to the CHP and coroner's office. He wasn't wearing his seat belt.

The CHP didn't say what factored into the crash.