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Elderly man killed by alleged drunk driver

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An 89-year-old man struck by an allegedly drunk driver in downtown SLO on June 20 succumbed to his injuries on June 22.

SLO police announced June 24 that Alvino Figueroa was removed from life support at Sierra Vista Hospital. Figueroa was walking in the 600 block of Higuera Street June 19 when he was hit by a vehicle turning onto Higuera from Broad Street.

Police arrested the driver of the vehicle, identified as 63-year-old Dennis Wittinghill of Los Osos, for a suspected felony DUI. Wittinghill later posted bail. On June 24, police officials stated that the case was forwarded to the SLO County District Attorney’s Office, for additional charges against Wittinghall in connection with Figueroa’s death.

His was the first death due to alleged drunk driving in 2015 in the city, SLO police said.

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