Man struck by suspected drunk driver in Petaluma


PETALUMA (BCN) — A Petaluma man killed by a suspected drunk driver while he was crossing the street Saturday night has been identified.

Luis Alberto Picon-Estrada, 42, was crossing north on East Washington Street in front of the Petaluma Library when he was struck by a white Mercedes utility van, police said.

Officers arrived at about 10:55 p.m. and identified the driver as 44-year-old Scott Compton of Sebastopol. Compton was reportedly driving in the first westbound lane when he hit Picon-Estrada.

Picon-Estrada was taken to Petaluma Valley Hospital with trauma to his head and the right side of his body. He succumbed to his injuries at the hospital, police said. Autopsy details are pending.

Police learned that Compton had drunk alcohol earlier that evening. After a DUI evaluation and a blood test, Compton was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence of alcohol, police said. His bail was set at $25,000.

Compton was reportedly driving at a speed close to the posted 30 mph speed limit. Picon-Estrada was reportedly wearing dark clothing at the time of the collision.

Anyone with additional information about this collision has been asked to call Petaluma Police Officer Matt Frick at (707) 776-3720.

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