Paso Robles woman killed in crash near Harmony, driver arrested for DUI

December 22, 2020


An allegedly intoxicated woman drove an ATV off a cliff along Highway 1 near Harmony early Monday morning killing a 34-year-old woman from Paso Robles, according to the CHP.

In addition to the two women, two men — one from Long Beach and one from Germany — were also involved in the crash. The group had been camping at the beach in travel trailers. Another individual who was camping at the beach rented the Can-Am ATV that plunged off the cliff.

At about 3:15 a.m., Maria Arayza, 35, of Los Angeles was driving the ATV southbound away from the campsite when a portion of the ATV went off a steep cliff west of Alapay Way near Harmony. The Can-Am then rolled down the cliff into the water near the shoreline, where it landed on its wheels facing east.

Arayza and two of the passengers managed to get out of the ATV and climb the seawall back onto land. The three crash survivors notified the individual who rented the ATV. That individual went down to the ATV, extricated the Paso Robles woman and pulled her onto the shore.

Emergency personnel arrived at the scene, descended the cliff and determined the Paso Robles woman had died.

Arayza suffered moderate injuries and was transported to Sierra Vista Regional Hospital prior to being arrested.

The 42-year-old man from Germany suffered minor injuries and was also taken to Sierra Vista. The Long Beach man, also 42, sustained minor injuries and refused transportation to a hospital.

The woman who died in the crash was 34. Authorities are currently withholding her identity as they notify relatives of her death.

All of the occupants of the ATV were wearing seatbelts, but none were wearing helmets at the time of the crash.

CHP officers investigated the crash and arrested Arayza on charges of driving under the influence of alcohol causing death and vehicular manslaughter.

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Seawall? Beach camping? Harmony? Alapay Way? Must be private property I would assume? Can’t picture exact area. Sounds quite appealing, though.

Either way, 3:15 AM happy hour isn’t the time to challenge the abilities of a fast off road scooter or SBS, they bite if you goof. Sorry so many were hurt.