SLO police release name of driver who hit and killed couple

December 15, 2022

Jennifer Besser and Matthew Chachere

By KAREN VELIE

The San Luis Obispo Police Department on Thursday identified the 24-year-old city resident who allegedly hit and killed a couple and their dog while speeding on Sacramento Drive as Daniel Angel Saligan Patricio.

On the evening of Nov. 21, officers responded to a report that a car struck a curb, a street sign and the abutment of a bridge. Officers, who did not suspect the driver of alcohol impairment, had the car towed and wrote out a traffic collision report.

A day later, on the evening of Nov. 22, a caller reported a dead dog in a creek bed off the 3400 block of Sacramento Drive. The dog was transported to animal control.

Five hours later, relatives of Matthew Chachere, 39, and Jennifer Besser, 36, reported the couple had not arrived at their expected destination in Modesto. Relatives provided police with photos of the couple as well as a picture of their dog.

After viewing the photo of the missing dog, a police dispatcher was able to make the connection between the earlier report of the deceased dog with the dog owned by the missing residents.

Police returned to the heavily wooded creek bed and conducted another search. Officers then discovered the deceased bodies of Chachere and Besser, which were lying in heavy brush.

An investigation into the deadly crash has been ongoing for more than a month. While investigators believe Patricio was speeding, there appears to be questions about whether he knew he hit the couple.

“SLOPD remains committed to the thorough completion of the investigation and appreciates the patience of the community while we work towards providing important answers to family members and our community in pursuit of justice,” according to a city press release.


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“There’s something wrong with the world today

I don’t know what it is

Something’s wrong with our eyes . .

We’re seeing things in a different way

And God knows it ain’t his

It sure ain’t no surprise,

Yeah… Were living on the edge!”


Wow, you can (badly) post completely irrelevant lyrics from an Aerosmith song… Do you want a gold star?


We don’t know that he hit them as HE HASN’T BEEN CHARGED WITH ANYTHING! This whole matter is being swept under the rug. The man could up and leave town anytime. If the police can’t find the dog or the bodies, could we expect them to find him if he left town? The accident scene has been hopelessly compromised. If he ever does go to trial, he’ll walk away as free as he is today – while the victims’ families will be burdened forever. So very wrong!


So we are supposed to believe a driver who was not impaired hits two adults and a dog and doesn’t know it. Something doesn’t seem right.


Maybe staring at a phone and concussed by the airbag/collision with bridge, before realizing what happened.


In any event, whether impaired or distracted — the driver should be charged.


Well, that’s a start. Make of car? Ownership? Passenger? Who is Patricio? Surveillance cameras? Were bodies moved? There is much more to this. Just get it out.