Throughout the month of September, SLO Donut Co. is selling a doughnut to benefit the family of Kennedy Love, the Cal Poly student who was killed in a hit-and-run at the end of August.
“Our SLODoCo staff immediately recognized him as a repeat customer who always came in with a smile and a great attitude,” said Brandon Miller, SLO Donut Co.’s marketing and sales manager. “We felt like we wanted to do something to remember a customer who loved our business.”
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SLO Donut Co. creates a “charity donut” each month and donates a portion of the sales to a nonprofit cause, Miller said.
For September, the doughnut shop decided to donate 100 percent of the sales from its “Pistachio Sunrise” doughnut to Love’s family, to either “help with funeral costs or to create a memorial in his name.”
Love, a 22-year-old fourth-year landscape architecture student, was killed on Aug. 29 when he was hit by a suspected underage drunken driver while riding his bike on Foothill Boulevard near Ferrini Road in San Luis Obispo.
The driver, a 17-year-old girl from Los Osos, was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, felony DUI and felony hit-and-run.
A ghost bike was installed in early September near the crash site to serve as a reminder of the loss of Love, who was described by friends as loving, generous and outgoing.