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Glenn Owens Susan Owens Fatal DUI Head-On Crash Avila Beach

Glenn Owens Susan Owens Fatal DUI Head-On Crash Avila Beach

Glenn Owens, 72; and Susan Owens, 65, Victims in Avila Beach Fatal Head-On Crash

AVILA BEACH, CA (August 10, 2021) – A DUI crash killed Glenn Owens and seriously injured Susan Owens in Avila Beach.

The California Highway Patrol identified the Atascadero couple as victims of the fatal accident which occurred last week on Friday.

The incident began when 72-year-old Glenn Howard Owens was driving a 2020 Mercedes van with 65-year-old Susan Margaret Owens in Avila Beach. They were traveling north on San Luis Bay Drive.

At the same time, a Ford F-250 truck was going south. Its driver, 31-year-old Patrick W. McDuffee II, crossed into the opposing northbound lane directly into the path of the van.

Patrick McDuffee II, 31, Arrested For DUI and Murder

CHP said the Nipomo man slammed head-on into the Mercedes. The two crashed near the intersection with Apple Orchard Lane.

Glenn Owens died at the scene while Susan Owens sustained major injuries as a result of the Avila Beach crash. The Tribune and KSBY News wrote that the wreck took place on August 6 shortly before 3 p.m.

Paramedics rushed Susan Owens to the Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center for treatment. Meanwhile, CHP determined that Patrick McDuffee was under the influence of drugs when he hit the victims.

The suspect survived with minor wounds. They soon arrested and booked him into the San Luis Obispo County Jail on suspicion of murder and DUI causing injury.

The Avila Beach DUI crash is still under investigation.


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