San Luis Obispo, CA — The San Luis Obispo teenager who was injured in a two-car collision this past Monday night has died. 17-year-old Alex Maier, a senior soccer star at San Luis Obispo High School, was pronounced dead at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center last night about 5:25, according to hospital officials. While he was being treated, he was on life support.
Maier was driving a Ford F-150 south on Highway 101 at 8:30 p.m. Monday when he accidentally clipped a BMW sedan near the Montalban Street exit in San Luis Obispo, the CHP said. His truck spun out of control, then flipped onto its roof as it hit a guardrail. Maier had to be extricated from the pickup by firefighters. He was then taken to Sierra Vista.
Maier was a senior on the boys varsity soccer team and was one of the leading scorers this year. San Luis Obispo High students showed their support of Maier in vigils at the hospital, in online postings and in cards to the family. A group of students gathered during the school day Wednesday to spell out 23 on a field at the campus, which was his jersey number.
The driver of the BMW, 19-year-old Gianna Azzaro, was uninjured in the accident. The boy’s parents are Gary Maier and Dr. Deborah Cherry. Alex Maier was on his way home from a soccer match when the accident occurred.