Wrong-way driver found dead in Salinas riverbed south of Paso Robles


PASO ROBLES — The body of a man found in the Salinas Riverbed on Thursday, July 18, was reportedly the suspect in the Good Samaritan wrong-way crash earlier in the week.

The California Highway Patrol reported the body of Pedro Alvarado-Torres, 40, of King City, was found Thursday morning in the riverbed south of Paso Robles.

Alvarado-Torres was being sought by law enforcement for his involvement in a crash on Highway 101 on Monday evening, July 15, according to CHP and the Paso Robles Police Department.

Alvarado-Torres was reportedly driving a 2002 Mazda Tribute the wrong-way in the northbound lanes of Highway 101 south of Paso Robles in the early morning hours of Monday, July 15. At about 1:51 a.m. Alvarado-Torres collided with a 2018 Mazda 3, driven by Anne Neville-Olson, 62, of Atascadero.

After the collision, both vehicles came to rest in the center median just south of the South Spring Street off-ramp. Alvarado-Torres fled the scene on foot. Neville-Olson sustained moderate injuries as a result of this collision.

Shortly after the collision, two motorists, Monica Cantu, 55, of Paso Robles and Raul Gomez, 49, of Paso Robles, traveling in separate vehicles north on Highway 101 came upon the scene and stopped to help.

While both motorists were standing outside their vehicles they were struck by a 2019 Ford Transit Van that lost control due to debris in the road.

Cantu was transported to Twin Cities Community Hospital and later succumbed to her injuries consisting of blunt force trauma. Cantu was an employee at Cal Poly. 

Gomez was transported to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center with major internal injuries.

Neville-Olson sustained moderate internal injuries and was transported to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center.

Thursday morning, July 18, a man’s body, later identified as Alvarado-Torres, was reportedly found in the Salinas Riverbed, according to the Paso Robles Police Department.

At 8:41 a.m. on Thursday, the Paso Robles Police Department received a call from a citizen stating a dead body had been found in the Salinas Riverbed.

Officers arrived and spoke with the reporting party who led officers and detectives to the scene where a deceased male was located in thick brush. At this time, the cause and time of death are unknown.

The Paso Robles Police Department requested the assistance of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office as well as the CHP Templeton Station.

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