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Nipomo man convicted of fatal 2018 DUI crash

Murder charge filed in connection with deadly Nipomo crash
Posted at 12:45 PM, Dec 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-15 15:45:47-05

A Nipomo man could be sentenced to more than 15 years to life in prison after a jury convicted him of causing a deadly crash in Nipomo two years ago.

Edgar Saul Rojas Morales, 25, was found guilty of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury, and driving on a suspended license.

The jury deadlocked on the most serious charge of murder. According to the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney's Office, the jury was split 11-1 in favor of guilt.

Morales had two prior DUI convictions and a conviction for driving on a suspended license.

At about 10:30 p.m. on Dec. 1, 2018, Morales was driving on Thompson Road in Nipomo when he crossed into the oncoming lane of traffic and struck another car. The other driver suffered moderate injuries and her passenger, 82-year-old Maria Rosas Medina, was killed.

Morales was found to have a blood alcohol content level of .157%, nearly twice the legal limit to drive.

A sentencing date has not yet been scheduled.