SANTA MARIA A Santa Maria man was arrested and charged with a DUI and manslaughter after officers responded to a two-vehicle accident early Friday morning that left one driver dead, the Santa Maria Police department reported.
According to a press release, officers were dispatched to an injury traffic collision at 1:19 am on Feb. 7 on Stowell Road between Hanson Way and Blosser Road.
Officers arrived to find two vehicles involved with one driver deceased and the other suffering from minor injuries.
The SMPD Traffic Bureau assumed responsibility for the investigation and arrested Michael Lee, 25, from Santa Maria. Mr. Lee was booked on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving a vehicle under the influence causing injury.
It appears alcohol and speed were a factor with both drivers, according to the press release. The investigation by the Traffic Bureau is ongoing.
— Christian Whittle