Mario Castaneda ID’d as Man Killed in Petaluma Pedestrian Accident on South McDowell Boulevard and Baywood Drive
Petaluma, California (September 25, 2020) – The Sonoma County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office has identified the pedestrian who was struck and killed by a suspected DUI driver Tuesday night in Petaluma as Mario Gongora Castaneda, 53, of Petaluma.
The deadly pedestrian accident happened at around 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 22, at the intersection of South McDowell Boulevard and Baywood Drive.
Authorities said James Watkins, 41, of Cotati, was driving southbound on McDowell Boulevard when, for unknown reasons, he allowed his 2011 white Toyota Prius to drift into the sidewalk and hit Castaneda, who was standing on the sidewalk.
Pedestrian Killed in Petaluma DUI Crash on McDowell Boulevard
An off-duty nurse and two off-duty police officers responded to the scene and provided medical aid to Castaneda until paramedics arrived.
Castaneda was then transported to Petaluma Valley Hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries.
Authorities determined that Watkins was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident. He was eventually arrested and booked into Sonoma County Main Adult Detention Facility on suspicion of felony DUI and vehicular manslaughter.
The crash remains under investigation. Anyone with information about this case is urged to call the authorities at (707) 781-1208.
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