Coroner: Van Nuys man killed in crash on Wheeler Ridge Road

The Kern County coroner has released the name of a Van Nuys man who was killed in a crash early Tuesday morning.

Arayik Shmavonyan, 38, drove a van that crashed with a semitruck shortly after 1:30 a.m. on Wheeler Ridge Road just north of First Street.

Shmavonyan was driving southbound on Wheeler Ridge when his van drifted into oncoming traffic and collided into the semitruck.

Shmavonyan was pronounced dead at the scene, and the driver of the truck was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

The California Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

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