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Family of SLO cyclist killed in collision with truck sues driver

The family of a San Luis Obispo man killed while riding his bicycle in 2012 is suing the driver of the car that hit him, saying his negligent driving caused the fatality, according to court records filed Thursday.

Blaine Errea, 42, was riding his bicycle on state Route 227 south of Patchett Road around 5 p.m. on July 28, 2012 when a Toyota Tundra, traveling at roughly 45 mph approached, according to the CHP. The Toyota was driven by George Donati of San Luis Obispo.

According to the report, both Donati and Errea steered to avoid each other, but Errea lost control of his bike and the two collided. Errea, who was thrown from his bike, suffered severe injuries. On Aug. 10, Errea died as a result of the injuries he suffered during the collision.

The lawsuit, filed in San Luis Obispo Superior Court, lists Errea’s wife, Victoria, and their two minor children as plaintiffs. The complaint lists Donati, along with Pacific Vineyard and Paragon Vineyard as defendants, claiming Donati — an employee of the vineyards, driving a company vehicle — caused Errea’s death.

Donati, a fourth-generation agriculturist on the Central Coast, is the general manager of Pacific Vineyard Company. He could not be reached for comment Friday.

Claims made in lawsuit complaints represent one side and have yet to be proven in court.

Ray Mattison, who filed the suit on behalf of the plaintiffs, was out of the country and also not available for comment.

According to a Cal Poly news website, Blaine Errea worked in the university’s cashiers and student accounts office. The site notes that he was an avid outdoorsman, who liked hiking and biking. At the time of the accident, his children were 7 and 5 years old.

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