CHP officer warned prior to fatal crash
August 2, 2011
By JOSH FRIEDMAN
Prior to the traffic accident that killed California Highway Patrol Officer Bret Oswald outside Paso Robles, a driver stopped to warn the officer that cars coming around a bend had an obstructed view of him.
Testifying in the murder trial of Kaylee Weisenberg Monday, Anna Aldaco said she pulled over when she saw Oswald standing in front of his patrol car on the side of the road.
“I told him to be careful because you can’t really see him coming around the turn,” Aldaco said.
Aldaco said that Oswald, who was attending to a stalled vehicle, appeared to be texting when she encountered him. But, she also said that there were orange cones in the road warning drivers and that she had enough time to step on her brakes before pulling over to speak with Oswald.
Soon after Aldaco warned Oswald, Weisenberg’s vehicle struck the officer. The accident occurred on June 27, 2010, outside of Paso Robles on South River Road.
Weisenberg pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, inflicting great bodily injury in the commission of a felony and driving under the influence causing great bodily injury.
Following Aldaco’s testimony, the attorneys rested their cases and a jury viewing occurred. The jurors were transported to the scene of the accident where they walked along the reconstructed path of Weisenberg’s vehicle. One juror rode in the bailiff’s patrol car instead of walking.
Closing arguments are set for Wednesday at 10 a.m.