Synthetic marijuana blamed in deadly Cayucos crash
October 27, 2014
The grandmother of the toddler killed in a fatal accident Saturday on Highway 1 in Cayucos said the adults in the vehicle were addicted to spice, a synthetic marijuana. [KSBY]
Two children are dead, two adults are hospitalized with major injuries and a Morro Bay man is in jail after the alleged felony DUI accident. Three passengers, 22-month-old Mason Gibson from Los Osos, 17-year-old Simon Brito of Morro Bay and Wendi Brito, 19, from Morro Bay, were thrown from the truck. Both boys were pronounced dead at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center.
Wendi Brito, 19, who was babysitting the toddler for her sister, is in critical condition. Her brother Michael Brito is in fair condition. Only the driver was wearing a seat belt and the toddler was not in a car seat.
Aside from the toddler, the four people in the vehicle had driven to a new smoke shop in Cambria to purchase spice. Though legal to smoke, it is not legal to drive while impaired.
The driver, Tanner Mengore, 22, allegedly smoked spice before the accident. He was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI and manslaughter.
Spice, sometimes sold as incense, is popular among teens. It is cheap, looks like marijuana, but can be deadly, according to the Washington Post.