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Cal Poly student Matthew Hurlbutt had alcohol, drugs in system when he died, CHP says

The Cal Poly student who was killed on April 4 while walking across Highway 101 had a high level of alcohol as well as cocaine and marijuana in his system at the time of his death, according to the CHP.

Officials said that Matthew Hurlbutt, 21, was struck and killed around 1 a.m. by a 2002 Toyota Tacoma heading south on the highway, south of Santa Rosa Street. The truck was traveling about 65 mph when the collision happened.

The driver, 37-year-old Ronald Reinhardt of Pismo Beach, was unable to avoid striking Hurlbutt, according to a statement from CHP spokesman Joe Vega. Hurlbutt was pronounced dead at the scene.

Hurlbutt studied industrial engineering at Cal Poly, according to the university’s Web site.

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