Cal Poly student was drunk when she killed Los Osos man

July 19, 2019

Nicole Scalone

The Cal Poly student who drove the wrong way on Highway 101 last month, resulting in a crash that killed her and a sheriff’s office employee, had a blood alcohol level of three times the legal limit. [Tribune]

At about 2:30 a.m. on June 12, Nicole Scalone, 22, was driving the wrong way on Highway 101 near Higuera Street. Scalone’s Ford Fiesta crashed head-on into a Honda Civic being driven by Anthony Au, a 43-year-old cook for the sheriff’s office.

Both drivers were wearing seatbelts, yet they both died as a result of the injuries they suffered in the collision.

Investigators conducted a toxicology test, which revealed Scalone had a blood alcohol level of .24 at the time of the crash. A CHP spokesman said Scalone’s blood alcohol level was “over the top.”

Scalone was a senior business administration student from Bellevue, Washington, who was set to graduate just days following the fatal collision. Cal Poly awarded Scalone’s degree posthumously.

Au worked for the sheriff’s office for three years prior to his death. At the time of the collision, Au was driving to the sheriff’s Honor Farm, where he worked as a cook.



May God bless Mr. Anthony Au, his family loved him.

As the news breaks that Ms. Nicole Scalone had a blood alcohol content of three times the legal limit, I think that Joe Tarica and the SLO TT editorial board owes the family of Anthony Au an apology, and the same is true of Cal Poly SLO President Jeffrey Armstrong. Both the SLO TT and Cal Poly portrayed Ms. Scalone as a victim, and virtually ignored the life of Anthony Au.

These are difficult cases, but I think it’s clear that Anthony Au was killed due to the criminal behavior of Nicole Scalone, and I hope that our institutions learned a valuable lesson from these events.

Drunk driving doesn’t work.

RIP Mr. Anthony Au.


Au was a father. Sad deal.


After all we know about drunk driving it’s pretty straightforward, she’s a murderer.


Yes….our luck may just run out when we’re least expecting it…especially getting behind the wheel at three times the legal limit. Senseless tragedy, immeasurable pain in its wake, so many unanswered questions. And for what?

fat chance

Sad deal…that all I have to say


I wonder why President Armstrong rushed to award her a diploma and not wait until the toxicology results were in?


Why would it matter?


How sad and tragic….please use uber….if you are going to drink you know it beforehand….


Her parents wasted so much money on a college education.


That’s the least of their concerns for the rest of their lives.


What a shame. Two quick comments come to mind:

1) “Nothing good happens after midnight”; and

2) And, oh, yeah, there’s also this:

This tragedy did not have to happen. I know that I dodged more than a few bullets in my time- “There but for the grace of God go I.”

None of us is infallible or invincible. Let’s try not to test our luck. For any of us, our luck might just run out when we’re least expecting it.