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Murder charge filed in connection with deadly Nipomo crash

Posted at 4:06 AM, Jan 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-23 10:25:39-05

Charges have been filed against the man California Highway Patrol says was driving under the influence when he was involved in a wrong-way crash in Nipomo that killed a Santa Maria woman.

Edgar Saul Rojas Morales faces charges of second-degree murder and vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated for the Dec. 1 crash.

Edgar Saul Rojas Morales
Edgar Saul Rojas Morales

He also faces charges of driving under the influence causing injury with special allegations of inflicting great bodily harm as well as driving with a suspended license for a prior DUI and lack of insurance.

The California Highway Patrol identified the victim as Maria Medina, 82, of Santa Maria. Morales was reportedly driving north on the southbound lane on Thompson Ave. between East Knotts Street and Rancho Road in Nipomo when he crashed head-on to the vehicle Medina was a passenger in.

If convicted, Morales faces 15 years to life in state prison.