On Tuesday, at approximately 5:54, Pismo Beach Police Dispatch received a 911 transfer call from the California Highway Patrol in which a citizen was reporting a reckless driver who had driven off the roadway several times while southbound on Hwy 101 and then exited the freeway at the Price Street offramp and continued north on Price Street. The caller provided a New Mexico license plate number and described the vehicle as a white truck.
Simultaneously, two different Pismo Beach Police patrol units were flagged down by other citizens reporting the same information. As patrol units began in the direction reported, another call came in of a white truck that had gone over the cliff side just south of Sheltor Cove Hotel. Units were on scene within a minute of the last call as they were in the area for the initial reports.
First Responders located the vehicle approximately 200 feet down from the roadway on a small beach where the vehicle had come to rest on its roof. The vehicle was only accessible by cliff repel or water. CalFire immediately began rescue operations with repel and Pismo Beach Police Department went into Unified Command with CalFire.
When the vehicle was reached by CalFire, the driver was extracated and basic life support was given but the driver could not be revived. The decedant has been identified as 33-year-old Sean Ramirez from Los Osos and was turned over to the San Luis Obispo County Coroner.
The investigation as to the events leading up to the primary cause for collision is still under investigation. The pre-collision investigation will assist in determining the cause of the events leading up to the vehicle leaving the roadway. This agency will also be waiting for the results from the autopsy to include toxicology results.