Cayucos woman arrested in Hwy. 1 crash that killed cyclist

slinn@thetribunenews.comSeptember 2, 2013 

Jessica Whitney Goddard, 29, was arrested Monday, Sept. 2, 2013, on suspicion of felony vehicular manslaughter and felony driving under the influence causing injury or death. Original story »

UPDATE: Cyclists hit by car on Hwy. 1 in Morro Bay are identified »

The California Highway Patrol arrested a Cayucos woman Monday after her car allegedly struck two local cyclists near Morro Bay — killing one and severely injuring the other.

Jessica Whitney Goddard, 29, was arrested on suspicion of felony vehicular manslaughter and felony driving under the influence causing injury or death, CHP spokeswoman Laura Browning said. She also faces a reckless driving charge.

Goddard was being held Monday in County Jail in lieu of $105,000 bail.

According to Browning, the Morro Bay Police Department received reports of the fatal collision at 11:38 a.m. Monday.

Early information indicates that Goddard was driving south on Highway 1 near the Main Street exit when her car came up behind two southbound cyclists who were traveling on the right shoulder of the road, Browning said. Then the Hyundai sedan allegedly veered right and struck the bicycles.

Browning said the collision shattered the car’s windshield and damaged its hood, roof, front right fender and right side. She did not know how fast the vehicle was going.

Browning said one cyclist, a 60-year-old man from Los Osos, received major injuries and was transported first to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, then to Stanford University Medical Center.

The other cyclist, a 65-year-old man from Los Osos, was pronounced dead at the scene, Browning said, adding that his identification will be released pending notification of next of kin.

She did not know the name of the surviving cyclist.

Investigating CHP Officer Russell Deases arrested Goddard at the crash site, Browning said.

During the investigation, the CHP closed one lane of southbound Highway 1 for more than five hours, from just after 11:40 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

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