SLOPD identifies bicyclist killed in hit-and-run

February 22, 2023


The San Luis Obispo Police Department has identified the bicyclist whom a teen driver allegedly struck and killed earlier this month. 

On the night of Feb. 11, 19-year-old Jorge Eduardo Torres allegedly struck Gavin Matthew Robinson, 22, near the intersection of Higuera Street and Prado Road. After Torres fled, a second vehicle also struck Robinson.

The second driver called 911 and waited for officers to arrive, according to SLOPD.

Police arrived and found a crumpled bicycle and a body lying on Higuera Street south of Prado Road. Robinson died at at the scene. 

Officers searched for the hit-and-run driver for more than an hour. They then located a grey sedan at the Silver City Mobile Home Lodge with damage to the front end and a cracked windshield. 

Police arrested Torres at the mobile home park, and a tow truck towed the car. Officers booked Torres in SLO County Jail on charges of vehicular manslaughter and hit-and-run resulting in death. The SLO County Sheriff’s Office website no longer lists Torres as being in custody.

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Hit and run murder and the perp is no longer in custody? Hmmmm… wonder what the bail amount is? Wonder if he is wearing an ankle monitor?