Man whose pickup plunged off Shell Beach cliff was on meth, police say

jhickey@thetribunenews.comSeptember 12, 2013 

A man who died in July when his pickup plunged off a cliff in Shell Beach had a high level of methamphetamine in his body at the time of the accident, a toxicology report shows.

Sean Ramirez, 33, of Los Osos died from blunt force trauma on the afternoon of July 9 when his Ford Ranger veered off the roadway from northbound Price Street just south of the Best Western Shelter Cove Lodge and crashed 200 feet below onto the beach.

San Luis Obispo County Sheriff-Coroner investigators have concluded the wreck was an accident caused by driving under the influence of drugs.

“We have no evidence that would lead us to believe it was a suicide,” said Sgt. Shawn Singleton of the Pismo Beach Police Department.

Prior to the accident, several motorists reported to 911 that Ramirez’s truck was driving erratically on southbound Highway 101 entering the Shell Beach area, drifting off the roadway, and nearly causing several collisions. The vehicle exited at the Price Street and turned north. Then witnesses lost sight of it.

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