A Santa Barbara man was killed and a Seal Beach man was seriously injured Friday night when the all-terrain vehicle they were riding crashed into two trees on private property near Los Berros Road and Milton Street in rural Arroyo Grande.

The California Highway Patrol said Nicholas Lee Bozenich, 36, was piloting a 2014 Polaris ATV in a northwesterly direction at an unknown speed about 10:20 p.m. when for an unknown reason he allowed the vehicle to drift off the east edge of the private driveway.

Bozenich lost control of the vehicle, which went down an embankment and slammed head-on into a tree, causing the ATV to spin to the right into a second tree, where it came to rest, the CHP report said.

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Bozenich suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene, while his passenger, Brian Bullough, 34, suffered major injuries and was transported to Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria for treatment.

The CHP report said the crash is still under investigation, and it’s unknown whether drugs or alcohol played a role.

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Lee Central Coast Newspapers associate editor Mike Hodgson covers Santa Barbara County government and events and issues in Santa Ynez Valley. Follow him on Twitter @MHodgsonSYVNews.