16-Year-Old Passenger Pronounced Dead after Car Accident near Bear Ridge Road

MORRO BAY, CA (December 15, 2022) – Saturday, Orion Messina was arrested and his passenger was killed in a DUI crash on Highway 41. 

Just before noon, the accident occurred just south of Bear Ridge Road.

According to reports, Messina was driving a southbound 2004 Suzuki Grand Vitara and hydroplaned as he entered a right-hand curve. The vehicle then overturned down a nearby hillside, ejecting its passenger.

Due to the extent of injuries sustained, medics pronounced the 16-year-old passenger dead at the scene. Although, authorities have not yet released his identity.

Meanwhile, 19-year-old Messina, of Atascadero remained uninjured and officers arrested him. Following preliminary duties, police determined that alcohol played a factor in the incident. 

Furthermore, a large portion of the Highway was temporarily shutdown to allow for cleanup and preliminary duties.

Those with further information about the Highway 41 crash are encouraged to contact the CHP San Luis Obispo office at (805) 594-8700.

In this sorrowful time, the Sweet James team would like to extend their heartfelt condolences to the family of the deceased victim.

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