Morro Bay man arrested in fatal DUI crash

July 31, 2022


San Luis Obispo police arrested a 62-year-old Morro Bay man on Saturday on suspicion of driving under the influence, murder and manslaughter following a crash that took the life of a 63-year-old man.

At about 8:14 a.m., David Downs was driving a black truck eastbound on Tank Farm Road between Broad and Higuera streets when he crossed into the westbound lane of traffic in front of a white Volkswagen. The driver of the Volkswagen was killed in the crash. His name is not being released at this time pending notification of his next of kin.

Downs, who sustained major injuries in the crash, was transported to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center. Officers arrested him on charges of murder, gross vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence.

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This could have been ANY ONE OF US reading this blog, or our loved ones. Random act of stupidity from an impaired driver. At 64 years, I doubt this was a “first” infraction. My deepest sympathy to the family of the man killed. May justice be served.

“Suspicion” of drunk driving. Could have very well been a medical issue. Innocent until proven guilty, remember?

8:14 am. This is why I stopped cycling. There’s no safe time from drunk drivers.

Not a safe road to ride a recreational toy anyways.