The man who died in a traffic collision Wednesday on Highway 1 near Cayucos has been identified as 27-year-old Fernando Rafael Mendoza of Cambria, according to CHP officials.
Three other people suffered major injuries in the head-on collision that took place near San Geronimo Road.
Mendoza was driving northbound faster than 55 miles per hour, though CHP officials don’t know his exact speed, CHP spokesman Joe Vega said.
His girlfriend, 34-year-old Robyn Smith of Cambria, was riding as a passenger, Vega said.
Mendoza, driving a 1992 Toyota Camry, was attempting to pass slower traffic in his lane when he transferred to the southbound lane and crashed head-on into a couple from Franklin, Tenn.
The married couple — 45-year-old Phillip Tinsley and 52-year-old Sheralyn Tinsley — was riding in a 2010 Dodge Avenger rental vehicle.
The Tinsleys and Smith were transported by ambulance to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, and all suffered major injuries, Vega said.
Both cars were pinned in the collision, and it took an hour and 40 minutes for Mendoza to be extricated, Vega said.
Mendoza was taken by aircraft to Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton, where he was pronounced dead.
Traffic was closed in both lanes for about two hours and re-opened about 4:40 p.m.
— Nick Wilson
City Hall will be closed today as part of city officials’ effort to reduce an anticipated $278,849 shortfall in next fiscal year’s budget because of a projected decline in property and sales tax revenues.
City Manager Bob Perrault said in July that staffing reductions would save $185,000. Budgeted revenue in the city’s general fund is expected to drop to about $7 million in fiscal year 2010-11 from $7.4 million in fiscal year 2009-10, which ended June 30.
City Hall will also be closed Sept. 3, Oct. 1, Nov. 12, Dec. 21 and 22, Jan. 14, Feb. 4, March 4, April 1, May 13 and June 3.
While offices will be closed and public works operations quiet on those days, emergency services will remain available.
— Cynthia Lambert
A flag dedication ceremony and artist reception will be held at Vineyard Dog Park at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.
The Templeton chapter of the American Legion will conduct a flag-raising ceremony to honor the new flagpole that was donated to the park.
The event will also include the unveiling of a new park mural painted by the winner of the Vineyard Dog Park Student Art Competition, Templeton High School student Luke Taylor. Coffee and pastries will be served, and dogs are welcome.
Vineyard Dog Park is on Vineyard Drive in Templeton. Advanced sign-ups are also available after the ceremony for Dog Splash Days, planned for Sept. 10 to 12.
For more information, call 239-4437.
— Jennifer Vandersmith