Update: Teen killed on highway identified by CHP
Update posted March 9
–California Highway Patrol’s Templeton office has confirmed that Emilee Ruiz, 17, was struck when she was walking along the road near Templeton around 11 p.m. Tuesday night.
As the community of Paso Robles mourns her death, authorities continue to investigate the cause of the fatal collision.
Update posted March 6, 8 p.m.
Teen killed on Highway 101 was high school student
–The teen stuck and killed on Highway 101 Tuesday night was a student at a local Paso Robles High School. The district released a statement regarding the incident:
Last night our Paso Robles community suffered the tragic loss of a female student in a fatal accident. This accident has been reported on local news. We are respecting the confidentiality of the family at this time and WILL NOT be releasing the student name.
We have counselors and support staff available at the PRHS and LHS to support our grieving students and staff. The counselors and psychologists across the district have been informed should needs arise at other sites.
The most important thing in times of crisis is to establish feelings of safety, security and connectedness. This is done through normalcy of routine. We also want to address feelings of grief and loss as they present themselves.
Please continue to keep this family in your thoughts as well as our students/staff at LHS.
17-year-old pedestrian struck and killed on highway 101
Original story posted March 6, 8 a.m.
–On Tuesday night at approximately 10:50 p.m., 60-year-old Atascadero resident Bruce Wayne Eddy was driving northbound on US-101 north of Las Tablas Rd. at approximately 60 mph in the in the right lane. A 17-year-old female pedestrian, who has yet to be identified but was a Paso Robles resident according to CHP, was walking on the right hand shoulder area of northbound US-101 north of Las Tablas Rd.
For unknown reasons, the pedestrian stepped into the right lane of northbound US-101, directly into the path of Eddy’s vehicle. She was struck by the the right front fender/windshield area of the vehicle, suffered fatal injuries as a result of the collision and was pronounced dead at the scene.
At this time, positive identification of the pedestrian has not been made. Eddy was not suspected to be under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, according to CHP.
This collision is under investigation by the Templeton CHP Office. No further information is available at this time.