UPDATE: The identity of the victim has been released. Mario Coria-Gonzalez died after his 2001 Honda 929R struck the side of a 2008 Nissan Pathfinder.
On the night of July 17, a motorcyclist was killed by an alleged drunk driver in Orcutt, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP).
The fatal motorcycle accident happened at around 8:20 p.m. in the 3400 block of Santa Maria Way, near the Pacific Christian Center and the Bradley Road intersection.
The motorcyclist, 22, of Santa Maria, was traveling westbound when a Nissan Pathfinder turned left into his right-of-way. He struck the front passenger door of the Nissan and was ejected. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the SUV – Garrett D. Alford, 31, of Orcutt – was uninjured. Police arrested him on suspicion of driving while intoxicated causing injury or death.
“Investigators do believe alcohol was a factor in this tragic incident,” said a representative of Wilshire Law Firm. “We only hope that the victim’s loved ones get justice.”