Morro Bay area native, Jerome “Jerry” Perry, 62, died in a fiery car crash on Hwy 1, on New Year’s Eve.
According to news reports, Perry was driving his vintage Chevy pick up south on Hwy 1 at about 7:22 p.m. when he reportedly turned in front of a vehicle traveling north at the intersection of San Luisito Creek Road, which is where Perry lived on his family’s farm property.
Perry’s truck was broadsided by a Hyundai Sonata driven by Gerardo Aldama, 38 of Santa Maria who slammed on his brakes but was unable to avoid the crash. The collision pushed Perry’s truck about 80 feet into shrubbery and it caught fire. Aldama was reportedly unhurt in the crash.
Highway Patrol is asking anyone who witnessed the crash to contact them at (805) 594-8700.
Jerry Perry was the son of the late-George Perry, a retired San Luis Obispo County roads crew worker who died just a few months before his son.