Driver in fatal accident with Cal Poly student charged with manslaughter

April 25, 2019

Jordan Grant

The man involved in a high-profile collision in Arroyo Grande that killed an 18-year-old Cal Poly student has been charged with misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter by the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office. [Cal Coast Times]

On Oct. 7, 2018, Jordan Grant, a first-year computer engineering student, was riding his motorcycle southbound on Highway 101 near El Campo Road. Richard Giuli, a resident of the Falcon Ridge Estates on the west side of Highway 101, attempted to make a left turn onto the highway and pulled out in front of Grant’s motorcycle, killing the Cal Poly student.

Prosecutors recently charged Giuli with manslaughter. Giuli is scheduled in court for an arraignment hearing on Thursday.

Following the fatal crash, Grant’s parents, James and Becky Grant, lobbied local officials and Caltrans to stop allowing left hand turns across four lanes of the highway while they seek a permanent solution to the danger that the intersection poses. In turn, the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments (SLOCOG) conducted an assessment of the implications of restricting access to the intersection of Highway 101 and El Campo Road.

Then, earlier this month, the SLOCOG board voted in favor of, as a short-term fix, not allowing left turns onto and off of Highway 101 at El Campo Road. Additionally, the SLOCOG board voted in favor of the same restrictions for three other Highway 101 intersections between Traffic Way in Arroyo Grand and Los Berros Road in Nipomo. Caltrans plans to implement the changes.

Mitch C

The death of this young man is tragic; however, it was an accident. No where does it contend that the driver was in anyway impaired nor did he violate any traffic laws. What is wrong with our DA, cases that should never be brought are front page news and cases that should be prosecuted ( such as the IWMA scandal, the Paso cop incident, etc) are slow walked and then forgotten.


Though I’m not a legal expert I think there are a few laws in question here, how about yielding the right of way, operating a vehicle in an unsafe manner, and I’m sure there are others. This can be an accident and still be laws violated.

Mitch C

You may have a point but I doubt that everyone of us witnesses these activities on an ongoing basis. It was an accident (the other driver has some culpability), I can see possible charge of the violations you mention: manslaughter, to me, appears to be out of the question. One life has been destroyed, why destroy another one.


Please share with us your insight. Assuming the other driver was driving legally how does he have any culpability? “Manslaughter – the crime of killing a human being without malice aforethought, or otherwise in circumstances not amounting to murder” seems to fit this accident. His pulling out unsafely is entirely his fault.

Mitch C

Who hit whom? If the motorcycle hit the vehicle, the motorcycle may have not been driving with due caution. Was the sun a factor, was the dress of the motorcycle rider such that he was hard to see? I am not trying to place blame, but for the grace of God go I. One life has been destroyed, let’s not make it two.

Mitch C

You may have a point but if charges are to be brought it should be concerning a Vehicle Code violation. The motorcycle driver has some culpability in the accident. One life has already been ruined, why destroy another life by overcharging him. We need a new DA.


Proof please??, If the motorcyclist was driving legally what culpability could he have? Not presenting a large enough target for the driver making an illegal left turn to see him…….

Russ J

After his very extended prison term, this sub-human slaughterer of man, should have his driving privileges permanently revoked.

3 putt

Terrible comment by Russ J. This was an accident that primarily occurred due to a dangerous condition maintained by Cal Trans. The defendant is a fine citizen that made a mistake, and as noted by Mitch C, there may be some comparative fault. The nastiness is, unfortunately, becoming all too common


This is Great news,

Now the DA needs to charge the Driver of the Wreak that killed two Rider’s in Nipomo.

Four Rider’s run over by three driver’s,

Maybe people will look a lot harder for Motorcycles.

Thanks Dan Dow.