Petaluma police investigate fatal DUI crash

Police say the crash happened at 11:27 p.m. Saturday on Stony Point Road between Pepper Road and Rainsville Road.|

Petaluma resident Jon Bonawitz, 52, was killed in a head-on crash last weekend that police suspect was the result of another man’s decision to drive drunk.

The fatal crash happened at 11:27 p.m. Saturday on Stony Point Road, just north of Denman Road in north Petaluma.

Austin Matsler-David, 21, of Santa Rosa, was driving his white Honda Civic southbound on Stony Point Road when police say he crossed the center line, striking an oncoming white Ford F-150, according to a Petaluma Police Department news release.

Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Juan Valencia on Tuesday identified the driver of the Ford F-150 as Bonawitz, a Petaluma resident.

The Ford appears to have rolled several times, ejecting Bonawitz in the process.

Matsler-David’s Civic careened over a concrete barrier, landing in Lichau Creek. Before Matsler-David was taken by ambulance to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, police said they noticed the smell of alcohol. He was arrested after being released from the hospital, and booked into the Sonoma County Jail on suspicion of felony DUI, according to the release.

By noon Sunday, an online search of the jail’s roster showed Matsler-David was no longer in jail.

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