Cal Poly student killed by DUI suspect

July 13, 2015

Dave Go

A 19-year-old Cal Poly student died early Saturday morning after being hit by an alleged drunk driver in Northern California. [KSBY]

Dave Go was in Hayward, his hometown, for summer break. Go was a passenger in a vehicle being driven by his 20-year-old sister at the time of the crash.

While they were stopped at a red light, a speeding driver rammed into their vehicle. The suspect, 28-year-old Paul Butler, tried to flee, but police caught him.

Butler faces charges of felony DUI, felony hit and run and vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.

Last month, Go completed his freshman year at Cal Poly. He finalized a major change shortly before the end of the school year and was excited to return to Cal Poly in the fall, his friends said.

Go was a member of the Pilipino Cultural exchange and Cal Poly dance groups. He is being remembered as a lover of dance and a vibrant, generous person with unique hairstyles.

The Pilipino club has set up a memorial fund in his honor.

Go is the second Cal Poly student to die in an accident this month. Shaun Xiang “Chris” Yuan died in a stairwell collapse at a Folsom apartment complex on July 3.

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Why isn’t it ever the drunk driver that dies? Why is the world always robbed of a shining light?

The problem is that despite the severity of the crime, he will be sentenced to a brief jail sentence and a few years of probation, but not observed to the point that he will be able to drive without a license and do the same thing again to some other poor victim. The court system is too fast to want to “forgive” the perpetrator and “hope” he has learned his lesson and allow him to “move on with his life,” forgetting that he took the life of someone else. He will undoubtedly feel remorse but not to the point of not repeating the same act while under the influence. Jail sentences should be made a lot longer to actually protect the rest of us from the actions of drunk/DUI drivers.

Another tragedy, a young life cut stupidly short. KSBY showed a photo of the drunk that killed him, but didn’t have any rap sheet on him. Don’t have the “facts” but one can probably bet that he had a long rap sheet of some sort, and maybe more incarceration time would, possibly, have saved this promising college student.