SLO driver who hit and killed couple charged with manslaughter

February 27, 2023

Jennifer Besser and Matthew Chachere


The 24-year-old San Luis Obispo resident who allegedly hit and killed a couple and their dog while speeding on Sacramento Drive was charged with two counts of felony vehicular manslaughter on Monday.

San Luis Obispo police officers arrested Daniel Angel Saligan Patricio on Monday and booked him in the SLO County Jail. He is being held in lieu of $200,000 bail.

On the evening of Nov. 21, 2022, 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.

Although Patricio was speeding, there appears to be questions about whether he knew he hit the couple.

He is charged with “killing human beings” while driving a vehicle “in the commission of an unlawful act,” and “with gross negligence,” according to court records.

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This is so sad. I’m tired of people speeding and not paying attention. I initially read the story back in November.This could have been avoided. I hope i have jury duty and I’m on that jury.He should be in prison for a long tiome. And never be allowed to drive again.I ‘m so sorry for the families of the couple.

To see their photo it is hard to believe they are really gone, their happiness lives on.

What is the max penalty Daniel Angel Saligan Patricio could receive if found guilty of all charges?

I’m confused.

IF he didn’t know he hit this innocent couple and their precious dog, HOW DID THEIR BODIES END UP BURIED UNDER THE BRUSH!?!?!?

People don’t expect that turn to be the nearly 90 degrees it is. With a 20mph suggested speed sign I’d bet he was going at least 50 and couldn’t pull through the turn before going up onto the sidewalk :/ He better stick to his story of not knowing he hit the couple 10,000(!) percent if he wants a chance to get out of prison any time soon. NOT THAT I COMMEND THAT BY ANY MEANS