Men killed in Paso Robles crash remembered as good friends

mfountain@thetribunenews.comFebruary 27, 2014 

Two people died Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, in a collision at Highway 46 East and Union Road in Paso Robles.


The two men killed in Wednesday afternoon’s vehicle collision in Paso Robles have been described by friends and co-workers as two good, outgoing guys who liked to hang out and socialize and who wouldn’t think twice before helping out a friend in need.

On Thursday afternoon, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office identified the driver as Jeremy Nathaniel Martin, 26, of Grover Beach and the passenger as Christopher Micheal Medina, 24, of Paso Robles.

According to the Paso Robles Police Department, at approximately 4 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon, the car that Martin was driving failed to yield the right of way when crossing Highway 46 East on Union Road directly in the path of an eastbound pickup truck.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, both men died from blunt force trauma injuries.

The pickup's male driver, its only occupant, was not injured in the crash.

Paso Robles police say they discovered marijuana in the passenger car, but it was unknown whether Martin was under the influence at the time of the accident. An autopsy was performed Thursday, and a toxicology report is expected in six to eight weeks.

On Thursday, friends and colleagues of Martin and Medina dealt with the loss of two people they called “social butterflies.”

Brianna Johnston was good friends with both men and worked with Martin at Stolly’s on the Alley restaurant in San Luis Obispo.

“They were both really good guys, both very similar,” Johnston said. “I’m kind of stunned about it.”

She said Martin was a hard worker who always seemed to have a lot of energy. She added that the “happy-go-lucky guy” leaves behind a fiancée.

“We all really enjoyed him here,” Johnston said.

Jake McNamara said Thursday he grew up and went to middle and high schools with Medina in Covina. He described his “outgoing” and “open-minded” friend as very active and said the two spent many days together dirt biking and snowboarding.

“He would do anything for anybody. He’d give you the last dime he had if he saw you needed it,” McNamara said. “He was just a really good buddy, and I’m going to miss him.”

Information about memorial services wasn't available Thursday evening.

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