Driver in fatal Paso Robles crash had drugs in his system, officials say

mfountain@thetribunenews.comApril 23, 2014 

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

PASO ROBLES POLICE DEPARTMENT

Toxicology results for the driver in a deadly February car wreck on Highway 46 East show he had traces of marijuana in his system at the time of the crash, the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office announced Wednesday.

An autopsy of Jeremy Nathaniel Martin, 26, of Grover Beach, revealed consumption of THC, the psychoactive component of marijuana, prior to the crash that killed both Martin and his passenger Paso Robles resident Christopher Micheal Medina, 24.

Martin also tested positive for the prescription drug codeine and the over-the-counter painkiller ibuprofen.

The toxicology report did not indicate when Martin used marijuana. THC can remain in a person’s system long after use.

On Feb. 26, Martin’s vehicle attempted to cross Highway 46 East at Union Road and drove into the path of an eastbound pickup truck. Both Martin and Medina died from blunt force trauma injuries.

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