Authorities say that a 22-year-old man was killed when a Nissan Pathfinder turned left into the path of his motorcycle at about 8:20 p.m. on July 17. The crash took place 3400 block of Santa Maria Way in Orcutt when the motorcycle traveling westbound collided with the vehicle.
Police say that the SUV driver was a 31-year-old male who was taken into custody on a charge of driving while intoxicated causing injury or death. While the man on the motorcycle passed away at the scene of the accident, the driver of the Pathfinder was not injured. Authorities say that alcohol likely played a role in the accident, but that they were also trying to determine how fast the motorcycle was going at the time of the crash.