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Woman killed in suspected DUI crash in Paso Robles identified

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The woman who died in a suspected DUI crash in Paso Robles on Saturday has been identified, according to the CHP.

Maya Lakshima Visvanathan, 25, of Los Altos, was the passenger in a car that crashed into a tree in the 5700 block of Union Road on Saturday evening, the CHP said. Visvanathan was ejected from the car and died as a result of the crash.

The car was driven by 31-year-old Wilder Barela of Campbell, the CHP said.

Barela, who received major injuries in the collision, was taken to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, the agency said.

Barela was released from the hospital on Tuesday and was subsequently arrested on suspicion of charges including felony driving under the influence and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, according to the CHP and jail records.

As of Wednesday morning, Barela remained in custody at the San Luis Obispo County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail.

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Gabby Ferreira is a breaking news and general assignment reporter at The Tribune in San Luis Obispo. A native of Houston, Texas, she was a reporter in Tucson, Arizona; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Palm Springs, California, before moving to San Luis Obispo County in 2016.
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