The Highway Patrol has released the name of a woman who was struck and killed by a car while attempting to cross Hwy 101 in Nipomo.
According to a news release, at 6:52 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10 the CHP received a report of a vehicle vs. pedestrian accident on Northbound Hwy 101 south of the Tefft Street interchange in Nipomo.
When officers arrived the female pedestrian had died at the scene and the driver of the vehicle was uninjured. Their preliminary investigation discovered that the pedestrian was crossing the northbound lanes from east to west and was in the No. 1 lane. The drier of a 2010 Toyota Prius, identified as Taylor Michio, 21 of Santa Monica, was reportedly going 70 mph with another car in front of him, when that car suddenly swerved right.
“Mr. Michio,” the CHP said, “observed the pedestrian directly in front of his Toyota and he swerved to the left in an attempt to avoid colliding with the pedestrian. The pedestrian ran towards the median, to the west, and the right front of the Toyota collided with the pedestrian.”
Amanda E. Figueroa, 30 of Santa Maria reportedly died of her injuries. Michio was not arrested in the accident. Weather conditions at the time of the accident were reported as “hot and clear.”