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UPDATE: CHP looking for driver wanted following wrong-way crash in Paso Robles

Posted at 1:00 PM, Jul 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-16 09:31:42-04

UPDATE (3:26 p.m.) – Cal Poly sent an email to students and staff Monday informing them that the Good Samaritan killed Monday in Paso Robles was a Cal Poly employee.

UPDATE (1:42 p.m.) – CHP has released a photo of the driver they say ran off after driving the wrong-way on Highway 101 in Paso Robles early Monday morning and crashing into another vehicle, which then led to a fatal crash in the same area.

Pedro Alvarado-Torres

UPDATE (1 p.m.) – The California Highway Patrol has identified the Good Samaritan killed early Monday morning along Highway 101 in Paso Robles as Monica Cantu, 55, of Paso Robles. She reportedly suffered blunt force trauma and was taken to a nearby hospital where she died.

Another driver who stopped to help after the initial crash has been identified as Raul A. Gomez, 49, of Paso Robles. CHP says he was taken to Sierra Vista Regional Medical in San Luis Obispo for treatment of major injuries.

Both he and Cantu were hit by a Ford transit van that lost control after hitting debris left behind from the initial crash involving a wrong-way driver. CHP says drugs or alcohol don’t appear to be factors in the second collision.

Officers are still looking for the wrong-way driver, identified as Pedro Alvarado-Torres, 40, of King City, they say took off after the initial crash.

The person he reportedly hit in the first collision, identified as Anne Neville-Olson, 62, of Atascadero, suffered moderate injuries, according to CHP.

Anyone with information on where Alvarado-Torres may be is asked to call Templeton CHP at (805) 434-1822.


UPDATE (9:57 a.m.) – CHP says the driver they are looking for has been identified as Pedro Alvarado-Torres, 40, of King City.


UPDATE (8:14 a.m.) – The California Highway Patrol says a Good Samaritan was killed while trying to help someone injured in a crash in Paso Robles early Monday morning caused by a wrong-way driver.

Just before 2 a.m., CHP says a wrong-way driver hit a vehicle on northbound Highway 101 near the Spring Street exit.

Two people stopped to help when CHP says another vehicle came through the area and the debris from the first crash “ripped off” the tire on the approaching vehicle, causing the driver to lose control.

Officers say the first two people who stopped, who CHP called Good Samaritans, tried to run out of the way, but were hit by the oncoming vehicle. One of them reportedly died at the scene, the other suffered major injuries.

Officers say the driver who caused the initial crash ran off and has not been found; however, authorities do know who he is and a “Be on the Lookout” has been issued.

CHP expects to release more information on the crash shortly.

Stay with KSBY and for updates on this developing story.


ORIGINAL STORY: The California Highway Patrol is investigating a fatal crash that happened in Paso Robles Monday morning.

It happened just before 2 a.m. on Highway 101 near the North Spring Street exit.

According to CHP’s incident page, the crash was a result of a wrong way driver.

A witness who says he called the incident into authorities says the driver who caused the crash ran off. Someone in the vehicle hit by the wrong way driver died at the scene, according to the witness.

Shortly before 3:30 a.m., CHP says the wrong way driver was still outstanding.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Photo: Aaron Miller
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