Douglas Buxton, age 42 of Kernville, was found deceased Thursday with his vehicle down over the embankment of Bear Creek Road near milepost two in Otis.
The investigation revealed that Buxton was driving his silver colored Ford Ranger pick-up southbound on Bear Creek Road when he failed to negotiate a curve. His vehicle left the roadway, struck a tree then rotated down the embankment striking another tree. Buxton, who was not wearing his safety belt, was partially ejected causing fatal injuries. The driver safety belt assembly had been removed from the vehicle prior to the crash. Damage to the driver compartment of the vehicle was minor.
An alcoholic beverage container was found in the area of the crash associated with the vehicle however it is unknown if intoxicants were a factor in the crash pending toxicology results.