David Schulte Dies in San Luis Obispo County Car Crash, Jose Morales Arrested
SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY, CA (February 2, 2022) — One person died in a head-on car accident on Highway 46 near Jack Ranch Cafe on Monday afternoon.
Police identified the victim as 60-year-old David Alan Schulte of Exeter, according to a California Highway Patrol Templeton news release.
According to Cal Fire, the multi-vehicle accident occurred around 12:00 p.m. Under unclear circumstances, 44-year-old Jose T. Morales of Parlier was driving a GMC Yukon westbound when he crossed into the oncoming lane and sideswiped a Jeep Grand Cherokee pulling a utility trailer.
Morales then hit Schulte’s Dodge 3500 head-on, causing it to crash through a nearby barbwire fence and land in a grass field. In addition, Morales’s vehicle flipped and landed on its roof in the shoulder. After that, a fourth vehicle, a Toyota Tacoma, swerved to avoid the accident and collided with a barbwire fence.
According to police, Schulte died upon impact.
Morales was arrested at the scene on suspicion of driving under the influence. He was taken to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center before being medically released. Soon after, police booked him into San Luis Obispo County Jail.
A passenger in the Dodge, 53-year-old Melissa Buchanan of Exeter, was airlifted to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center for treatment of moderate injuries.
The driver and passenger in the Jeep – 88-year-old Donald D. Erwin and 55-year-old Scott P. Erwin of Lake Isabella – suffered minor injuries. However, the driver or passenger of the Toyota did not sustain injuries.
An investigation into this crash is ongoing.
Our condolences are with the family and friends of David Schulte.
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