A 28-year-old Chowchilla man was electrocuted after he stepped out of his SUV on Road 16, after striking a PG&E power pole, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Ryan Reedy was southbound Wednesday night shortly after 7 p.m. on Road 16, just south of Avenue 21 when he lost control of his Mazda SUV for unknown reasons and drove off the west side of the roadway, according to officers.
The Mazda struck a 45-foot-tall pole, sheering it off at the base. The pole toppled over the top of the SUV bringing the live power lines down and into contact with the roof and the top six inches of the driver’s door of the vehicle.
Officers said Reedy was electrocuted instantly as he opened the door and made contact with the ground. The hanging power lines were still energized and laying against the top of the vehicle when emergency crews arrived...