Update: 2:32 p.m. via Bay City News Service: A pedestrian who was killed along with his pit bull when they were hit by a pickup truck near Santa Rosa on Wednesday evening has been identified by the Sonoma County coroner's office as 52-year-old Victor Buxbaum.
Buxbaum, a Santa Rosa resident, was walking his dog on Stony Point Road north of Todd Road at about 7:25 p.m. when he was struck by 2004 Toyota Tacoma traveling north on Stony Point Road, California Highway Patrol Officer Jon Sloat said.
The driver, Andrew Tungseth, 33, of Santa Rosa, allowed the Toyota to drift onto the right shoulder, where Buxbaum and the pit bull were walking, Sloat said.
The truck then continued north on the right shoulder and struck two parked vehicles before it stopped, Sloat said. Both Buxbaum and the dog died at the scene, Sloat said.
Tungseth suffered minor injuries and was taken to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital where CHP officers noticed signs of impairment, Sloat said.
He was found to be under the influence of drugs, and multiple prescription-strength drugs were found in his car, along with marijuana and drug paraphernalia, Sloat said.
Tungseth's driver's license had been suspended for a prior DUI conviction, Sloat said.
He was released from the hospital and booked into Sonoma County Jail for felony DUI, manslaughter and driving with a suspended license, Sloat said. He was being held on $100,000 bail.
Tungseth is scheduled to be arraigned in Sonoma County Superior Court Friday afternoon.
A man and his dog died as a result of a traffic accident involving a DUI motorist Wednesday night according to the California Highway Patrol.
The accident took place at Stony Point Road north of Todd Road at 7:27 p.m. Police say Andrew Tungseth, 33, of Santa Rosa, was driving a 2004 Toyota Tacoma northbound on Stony Point Road when he allowed the truck to drift onto the right shoulder.
The truck struck a pedestrian and the dog he was walking approximately 10 feet onto the shoulder of the roadway. Tungseth allegedly drove the truck northbound on the shoulder and struck two parked vehicles before coming to rest, according to the CHP.
The pedestrian, whose name was not available at press time, and dog died at the scene. Tungseth sustained minor injuries and was transported to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital where officers noted signs of impairment, the CHP said.
"Following a DUI investigation Tungseth was determined to be under the influence of drugs," A CHP press release stated. "An inventory of the Toyota found multiple prescription strength drugs as well as marijuana and drug paraphernalia. A records check revealed that Tungseth’s license is suspended for a prior DUI conviction."
Tungseth was released from the hospital and booked on suspicion of felony DUI, manslaughter, and driving while suspended. His bail was set at $100,000.