SLO County Roundup

San Luis Obispo

A 21-year-old Cal Poly student has been identified as the person killed when a car hit him as he was walking on Highway 101. The CHP identified Matthew Hurlbutt as the man struck and killed around 1 a.m. Sunday by a 2002 Toyota Tacoma heading south. Hurlbutt studied industrial engineering at Cal Poly, according to the university’s Web site.

The truck was traveling about 65 mph when the collision happened, CHP officials said in a statement.

CHP officials are looking into why he was walking on the highway, and the cause of the accident is still under investigation. Hurlbutt’s MySpace page states his hometown as Upland.

The driver of the Toyota truck that struck and killed Hurlbutt isn’t suspected of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol, according to the CHP.

Ronald Reinhardt, 37, of Pismo Beach was unable to avoid striking Hurlbutt, CHP Investigating Officer Victor Sanchez wrote in a press release.

Hurlbutt’s state of possible impairment is unknown; alcohol is suspected, and a toxicology test was pending Monday.

— Nick Wilson


Agricultural officials will hold an informational open house Monday to discuss treatment plans for the light brown apple moth.The meeting will last from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Nipomo Community Services District offices, 148 S. Wilson St. in Nipomo. County, state and federal farm officials will be on hand.

Treatment calls for hanging twist ties containing the moth’s pheromone on outdoor plants in neighborhoods where the moth has been found. The phero-mone confuses male moths and prevents them from finding mates, leading to an eventual collapse of the insect’s population.

State officials recently ruled out the controversial use of spraying the pheromone. All residents in the treatment areas will be notified. The moth, a native of Australia, can damage hundreds of types of plants, including crops, ornamental plants and native trees.

— David Sneed