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

jhickey@thetribunenews.comSeptember 3, 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 »

Two Los Osos men who were struck while cycling Monday along Highway 1 by an alleged intoxicated driver have been identified.

Alan Stephens, 65, was pronounced dead at the scene and Bradley Cummins, 60, received major injuries when the driver of a Hyundai sedan allegedly veered right and hit the cyclists around 11:30 a.m. on Labor Day, CHP spokeswoman Laura Browning has confirmed.

Stephens taught advanced placement economics and government at Burroughs High School in Ridgecrest before moving to Los Osos to enjoy his retirement, according to a report by the News Review in Ridgecrest.

Cummins was taken first to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, then to Stanford University Medical Center, which does not provide information on the conditions of its patients, a Stanford hospital spokeswoman told The Tribune.

A call to a phone number listed for Cummins’ residence was not returned Tuesday.

The driver, 29-year-old Jessica Whitney Goddard of Cayucos, was southbound on Highway 1 when her car came up behind the two cyclists, who were traveling on the right shoulder of the road near the Main Street exit in Morro Bay.

Goddard has been arrested on suspicion of felony vehicular manslaughter and felony driving under the influence causing injury or death. She is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday, Browning said.

Jail logs indicate Goddard has an existing warrant for reckless driving.

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

Further details about the accident are not available, Browning said, because officers are still interviewing witnesses and will inspect the vehicle Wednesday.

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