Release Date/Time: 11/28/2016 11:37 AM
Incident: Update to Fatal Collision
Report #: 16-110956
Date: Monday, 11/28/2016
Time: 10:16 AM
Location: North Main Street / south of Laurel Drive
On 11/16/16, at 1720 hours, Samuel Clemente Alvarez (37) was crossing North Main Street on foot, south of Laurel Drive from west to east. Traffic was stopped in the #1 and #2 lanes when he stepped off the center median to cross the northbound lanes of traffic. Gaspar Soto (30) was driving his Kia Spectra northbound in the right turn lane when Alvarez ran in front of his vehicle. The Kia struck Alvarez who flew up onto the hood and against the windshield before being thrown onto the sidewalk. Alvarez suffered a serious head injury and was transported Natividad Medical Center and rushed into surgery in very serious condition.
Soto was found to be driving on a suspended license. He was evaluated for alcohol and drug impairment and it was determined that Soto was not impaired. Soto submitted a voluntary blood sample.
On November 21st at 1816 hours, Alvarez died of the injuries sustained in the traffic collision. The case is still under investigation and it has not yet been determined what charges may be filed against the driver. This is the 12th fatal collision in Salinas this year and the 6th collision that involved a pedestrian death.
Release Authorized by: Gerard Ross
Telephone: (831) 758-7250