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Suspect in Pismo Beach crash out on bail

The Oceano man arrested Saturday in the car crash that killed a couple walking in Pismo Beach has posted bail and is expected in court later this month for arraignment.

Jerardo Iriarte, 19, had been booked in County Jail on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence.

Iriarte is tentatively scheduled to appear for an arraignment Oct. 28, though formal charges haven’t yet been filed by the District Attorney’s Office. He is no longer in custody, having posted $50,000 bail.

Iriarte is suspected of deliberately causing the crash that killed Bruce Mallin, 63, and his 59-year-old wife, Marjorie, who were vacationing in the area.

In the couple’s blog, Marjorie Mallin wrote that she and her husband spent much of the year on the road, traveling through the United States and Canada in their recreational vehicle — returning every few months to visit family in Tumwater, Wash.

Police said that Iriarte was attempting to harm himself after leaving Marie Callender’s restaurant after 7:30 a.m. Saturday, heading south on Highway 101 at about 100 mph.

Investigators said he steered the car off the road and down an embankment, breaking through a chain-link fence.

At that same moment, the Mallins were walking along Price Street near the restaurant when Iriarte’s black Toyota Corolla hit them. Investigators said the couple died at the scene.

Iriarte was taken to Arroyo Grande Community Hospital following the crash, where he was treated for moderate injuries.

Iriarte has no criminal record in San Luis Obispo County, and his traffic record only shows a seatbelt violation in July 2009.

Marjorie Mallin wrote on the couple’s blog that she was a member of Weight Watchers.

When announcing the news of her parents’ death, daughter Stephanie wrote on the blog that they were avid walkers — trekking multiple miles each day.

“We began this lifestyle in 2008, after over 20 years of vacation traveling, and we love it,” Marjorie Mallin wrote, noting she was a mother and grandmother.

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