Mario Castaneda Killed in Petaluma Pedestrian Crash on McDowell Boulevard
Petaluma, California – Mario Gongora Castaneda, 53, of Petaluma has been identified as the pedestrian who died following a Petaluma crash that occurred on Tuesday night.
James Watkins, 41, of Cotati was arrested on suspicion of DUI following the crash that happened at about 7 p.m. September 22, on McDowell Boulevard.
Police said Watkins was driving a 2011 white Toyota Prius south on McDowell Boulevard when he swerved into the sidewalk for unspecified reasons.
The Prius struck Castaneda, who was standing on the sidewalk near Baywood Drive.
An off-duty nurse along with two off-duty police officers attended to Castaneda until officers arrived at the scene.
Castaneda was rushed to Petaluma Valley Hospital, where he was pronounced deceased.
Watkins was arrested on suspicion of DUI and was taken to a hospital for testing. He was then booked at the Sonoma County Main Adult Detention Facility on suspicion of felony DUI and vehicular manslaughter.
The Petaluma Police Department is investigating the incident.
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