Teen in critical condition after vehicle collision
Passenger suffers major injuries, driver arrested for DUI
Andrew Phillip Kunz, 19, of Paso Robles suffered major injuries in an early morning vehicle accident Sunday. He was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Isaac Daniel Byers, 22, of Paso Robles. Byers was arrested for felony driving under the influence (DUI).
On Sunday, Feb. 23, at about 1:24 a.m. the Paso Robles Police Department and Department of Emergency Services responded to a solo vehicle injury traffic collision on westbound Highway 46 East just west of Golden Hill Road.
On arrival at the scene Paso Robles firefighters and paramedics found a vehicle approximately twenty feet down a hill entangled in chain link fence. After cutting the fence away, Paso Robles firefighters and paramedics extricated the critically injured passenger from the vehicle using hydraulic rescue tools. A total of seven Paso Robles firefighters responded to the incident.
Rescuers continued care during transport to the trauma center at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo. The driver of the vehicle self-extricated and was transported to Twin Cities Community Hospital.
Officers determined the vehicle had been traveling westbound on Highway 46 East and left the roadway for unknown reasons. It then collided with an oak tree, causing injuries to both occupants.
The passenger, Andrew Phillip Kunz, is currently in critical condition at the hospital.The driver, Isaac Daniel Byers, was treated and released at the hospital and then arrested for felony DUI causing injury. He was processed at the PRPD and then booked into the SLO County Jail, where he is being held on $100,000 bail.
The Paso Robles Police Department received assistance from the Atascadero Police Department with this ongoing investigation. Anyone with information regarding the collision is encouraged to call the Paso Robles Police Department.