The 65-year-old man killed in a head-on collision Tuesday on Highway 178 has been identified as James Edmund Dardis Jr.

Dardis, of Caliente, was killed when his vehicle was struck about 1:30 p.m. by one driven by Theresa Ann Bell, 48, of Lake Isabella. Both were declared dead at Kern Medical Center, according to a California Highway Patrol news release.

The accident occurred at Kissack Bay in Mountain Mesa, and closed the eastbound lane of Highway 178 for more than two hours. near Paradise Cove.