CHP identifies San Luis Obispo man killed in crash

August 1, 2022


The CHP has identified 64-year-old man killed in a DUI crash in San Luis Obispo on Saturday as Stephen James Kritz of SLO .

At about 8:14 a.m., David Downs, 62, of Morro Bay was driving a black truck eastbound on Tank Farm Road between Broad and Higuera streets. Downs crossed into the westbound lane of traffic in front of a white Volkswagen being driven by Kritz. The vehicles collided, and Kritz died at the scene of the crash.

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

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I also worked with Steve for many years. What a loss!

He was a very special person. He just really got to a great place in his life. Although, he didn’t wait until he retired to start enjoying life. He embraced it fully every day. He was a one of a kind and he will be greatly missed! Such a needless tragedy!

This is awful. I worked with Steve for years. He did everything right, worked hard, earned his retirement, had a nice house and a family who loved him. I’m sure they’re devastated. What a shame. He was a very nice guy.