Crime

Paso Robles woman faces charges in wrong-way crash that killed Los Osos woman

Prosecutors filed three felony charges against a suspected DUI driver who drove the wrong way on Highway 101 near Paso Robles late last year, killing a 26-year-old Los Osos woman and severely injuring her two passengers.

On May 20, the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office filed felony charges of gross vehicular manslaughter, driving under the influence and driving with a blood alcohol content of 0.08 or higher against Lauren Allysa Alderete, 23, of Paso Robles.

Alderete is accused of causing a crash that killed Lindsay Faye Matzie. Alderete was driving north in the southbound lane of Highway 101 near the Spring Street off-ramp about 3:10 a.m. on Dec. 16, according to the CHP.

Investigators said Alderete collided head-on with Matzie’s Toyota sedan, which was carrying passengers Rotsen Victoriano, 29, of San Luis Obispo, and Ken Cordova, 26, of Atascadero.

Matzie was pronounced dead at the scene, and Victoriano and Cordova were taken to local hospitals with serious injuries. Alderete also suffered major injuries in the crash and was flown to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, where she was placed under arrest while she recovered.

According to court documents, Alderete had a blood alcohol content of 0.15.

She has not yet entered a plea in the case, and an arraignment is scheduled for June 6.

Matzie was a 2007 graduate of Morro Bay High School and worked for two years at the Med Stop Urgent Care Center in San Luis Obispo.

On Feb. 4, Victoriano’s family filed a civil complaint in San Luis Obispo Superior Court against Alderete and her parents, alleging they negligently provided Alderete with “alcohol and/or drugs” knowing she would be driving later. The lawsuit seeks damages in excess of $25,000.

In a response filed in court this past month, attorneys for Alderete’s family denied the allegations and said Victoriano agreed in January to accept $100,000 in compensation.

A case management conference in the civil case is scheduled for June 22.

Matt Fountain: 805-781-7909, @MattFountain1

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