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Pastor of Morro Bay church killed in Los Osos hit-and-run

Remembering Pastor Dale Paulsen

Morro Bay Presbyterian Church Pastor Dale Paulsen announced Sunday that he was retiring after more than 20 years at the church. A hit and run driver ended his life Sunday evening, when he was struck while walking in Los Osos.
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Morro Bay Presbyterian Church Pastor Dale Paulsen announced Sunday that he was retiring after more than 20 years at the church. A hit and run driver ended his life Sunday evening, when he was struck while walking in Los Osos.

The pastor of a Morro Bay church was killed Sunday evening in a hit-and-run crash in Los Osos, according to the CHP.

About 5:30 p.m., Dale Paulsen, 67, of Los Osos was walking east on the western shoulder of Ramona Avenue, east of Pine Avenue, according to the CHP.

Emily Bales, 24, of Los Osos was driving a 2015 Toyota Tacoma west on Ramona Avenue when her pickup hit Paulsen, according to the CHP.

Paulsen was pronounced dead at the scene, the CHP said. He was known on the North Coast as the pastor of Morro Bay Presbyterian Church, said Gary Lorence, a retired pastor at the church.

Bales fled the scene but was later found and arrested on suspicion of four felonies: gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, fleeing the scene of a vehicle crash and two other potential charges related to driving under the influence of alcohol.

She was booked into the San Luis Obispo County Jail, but is no longer in custody as of Monday afternoon.

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