Three fatally wounded in Labor Day collision on Lake Nacimiento Rd.


LAKE NACIMIENTO — California Highway Patrol reported that there was a fatal head-on collision involving two vehicles on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2.

At approximately 2:09 p.m., Jeffrey A. McNernely, 51, of Paso Robles was driving his 2015 Dodge Dart, eastbound on Lake Nacimiento Lake Drive east of San Marcos Road at a high rate of speed, and possibly under the influence of alcohol.

Meanwhile, John Kudla, 58, of Paso Robles, was driving his 2001 Ford F-150 westbound approaching McNernely's Dodge, when the Dodge passed over the solid double yellow lines to pass another eastbound vehicle. McNerenely's dodge collided head-on with Kudla's Ford F-150 in the westbound lane.

Both came to rest on the north shoulder of the westbound lane a short distance later.

The right passenger of the Ford F-150, Denise A. Kudla, 59, of Paso Robles was provided CPR at the scene of the accident and transported via ambulance to a local trauma center but succumbed to her injuries. John Kudla sustained minor injuries, lacerations and cuts and self-transported for treatment.

McNernely and his passenger, Bobbi Jo Bainconnor, 45, of Paso Robles sustained fatal injuries. McNernely was not wearing his seatbelt.

The crash is under investigation.

Witnesses are requested to contact Officer Newby at the Templeton California Highway Patrol Office at 805-434-1822.

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