Charges recommended for deadly DUI crash on Highway 58
August 2, 2016
The California Highway Patrol is recommending a vehicular manslaughter charge against a San Luis Obispo woman accused of causing a fatal collision while driving intoxicated. The crash, which occurred on Highway 58, killed Denise Lyn Fox, 56, of Santa Margarita.
On April 30, shortly after 6 p.m., Fox was driving her Toyota sedan eastbound about a half mile outside Santa Margarita when a car driven by Jessica Lea Allred, 23, of San Luis Obispo crossed the double yellow lines and crashed head on into Fox. Fox was pronounced dead at the scene.
Emergency personnel transported Allred, who was suffering from a broken leg and two broken ankles, to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center. CHP officers then placed Allred under arrest for DUI at the hospital.
CHP officials say they have now completed their investigation into the crash. The agency is recommending prosecutors charge Allred with vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, DUI causing injury to another person and causing great bodily injury to another person.
The district attorney’s office says it will take some time to review the case.
At the time of the crash, traffic on Highway 58 was heavy because of attendees leaving the Pozo Stampede concert at the Pozo Saloon. It is not clear whether Allred attended the concert.
Last year, another 56-year-old woman was killed in a crash on Highway 58 following the Pozo Stampede. On April 25, 2015, Templeton woman Donna Dean Magee died in a single vehicle accident after attending the concert. Magee lost control of her Toyota Tacoma while going around a curve, then went off the road and landed 25 feet below in a dry creek bed.