One Killed and One Arrested in Two-Car Crash near Santa Fe Road

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA (August 8, 2022) – Saturday, David Downs was arrested after a DUI collision on Tank Farm Road killed Stephen James Kritz.

The accident happened on July 30th, at around 8:14 a.m. near the intersection of Tank Farm Road and Santa Fe Road.

According to reports, a 2003 Volkswagen was headed west on Tank Farm Road, when a Chevrolet crossed the opposing lane of traffic and struck the Volkswagen head-on. Due to the impact of the collision, both drivers sustained serious injuries.

After arriving at the site of the crash, officers pronounced the 63-year-old Kritz, of San Luis Obispo, dead at the scene. Meanwhile, paramedics rushed 62-year-old Downs, of Morro Bay, to Sierra Vista Regional Medical for treatment of his injuries.

Police later arrested Downs on suspicion of murder, gross vehicular manslaughter, and driving under the influence of a drug that caused injury or death.

No words can mend the broken hearts and sorrow felt during this delicate moment. Our deepest condolences and sympathies are with the family and friends of Stephen James Kritz.

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