Woman charged with manslaughter in deadly crash
October 1, 2016
The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office filed a misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter charge against the woman whose car struck and killed a bicyclist on Highway 227 in July.
On July 14 shortly before 7 p.m., a vehicle driven by 53-year-old Lisa Smith of Oceano drifted onto the shoulder where 58-year-old Bridget Dawson of San Luis Obispo was riding her bike. Dawson was pronounced dead less than an hour later at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center.
It is unclear what caused the vehicle Smith was driving to drift onto the shoulder of the road. Investigators do not believe Smith was texting or on the phone at the time of the accident. In addition, drugs and alcohol do not appear to have played a factor in the fatal collision.
Smith’s arraignment is scheduled for Oct. 18. She faces up to one year in the county jail if convicted.