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San Luis Obispo

The Cal Poly student killed April 4 while walking across Highway 101 had a high level of alcohol as well as cocaine and marijuana in his system when he died, according to the CHP.

Officials said that Matthew Hurlbutt, 21, was struck and killed about 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.

— Cynthia Lambert

SLO County

Local Tea Party groups will hold Tax Day protests today in Pismo Beach and Atascadero.

The Pismo Beach Tax Day Tea Party is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. at Dinosaur Caves Park off Shell Creek Road.

In Atascadero, the Tea Party and Tax Revolt is scheduled from noon to 2 p.m. at the Sunken Gardens.

The events are among many Tea Party rallies being held nationwide to protest higher taxes and what those involved say is an expanding reach of government power.

— Stephen Curran

Avila Beach

The Avila Beach Civic Association has appointed Diana Sanfilippo as its first executive director.

Sanfilippo is a long-time San Luis Obispo resident. She graduated from Cal Poly with a Bachelor of Science in Child Development and a graduate degree in education, with a concentration in special education.

She has spent 25 years in community service in San Luis Obispo County. Sanfilippo was executive director of B.O.K. Ranch, which provided equestrian therapy to people with disabilities.

She also owned KidzPlay in San Luis Obispo, and worked at Transitions Mental Health Association.

— Amy Dempsey

Paso Robles

Local downtown wineries have paired up with local art organization Studios on the Park to host The Art of Wine, a collaborative event that’s designed to promote the culture of downtown.

The event, planned for 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at 1130 Pine St., features wine tasting, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction for art. Tickets are $40 per person and $32 for downtown winery wine club members, and can be purchased at www.pasodown townwineries.com or in any downtown tasting room.

In early March, each winemaker teamed up with an artist to create a piece of art for the auction. Proceeds benefit the Studios on the Park arts education programs.

— Tonya Strickland

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