The younger sister of the Good Samaritan who was struck and killed on Highway 101 south of Atascadero early Sunday morning described him Monday as a kind-hearted man who was close to his family.
Warren Ferrie, 36, of the Whitley Gardens area of Paso Robles, was an outgoing former military member, a music enthusiast, a ranch hand and a car stereo specialist, said Danielle Ferrie, his 25-year-old sister.
“Warren was always willing to help no matter what,” she said, as the family gathered Monday to grieve. “He came home to take care of our father. He touched a lot of people.”
Warren Ferrie graduated from Shandon High School in 1992 and served in the U.S. Army for a few years before moving to Dallas. He never saw combat.
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He eventually returned home to be close to family members in the North County and to care for his elderly father, Auguste Ferrie, his sister said.
Warren Ferrie was part of a tight-knit family that included his two brothers and two sisters; his longtime girlfriend, Alicia Spangler, also graduated from Shandon High.
On the night he died, Danielle Ferrie said, Warren Ferrie was returning from a music performance by their brother, Ben.
She said that Warren Ferrie enjoyed attending concerts, particularly metal shows. Her brother was the kind of person who was always willing to help with a problem — especially ones that involved working with his hands, she added.
“I saw him pretty much every day,” Danielle Ferrie said, noting that they lived across the street from each other and he helped her with home repairs. “We were very close.”
She said her brother had recently started working for Paso Robles-based Andros Engineering — a harvesting equipment company — as a machinist. He also was employed by a family friend to work on a ranch, mending fences as well as counting and branding cows, she said.
According to the California Highway Patrol, Warren Ferrie was a passenger in the Dodge Dakota truck his brother-in-law, Robert McDanell, was driving when they stopped to assist the people who had crashed in front of them.
A Plymouth Voyager minivan had crashed about 2.5 miles north of the Highway 58 exit near Santa Margarita.
Warren Ferrie got out to offer help to the vehicle’s driver and a trapped passenger, according to the CHP.
But the driver, Rosalino Guzman-Tapia, said they didn’t need assistance. Moments later, Terry Lynn Hiers, a 60-year-old Atascadero resident driving a Ford van, collided with the Plymouth minivan.
Warren Ferrie was struck as McDanell was backing up to shine lights on the crash scene and warn other drivers, according to CHP officials, who are still investigating the incident. Ferrie suffered fatal injuries.
Guzman-Tapia and his passenger, Abraham Ramos, ran from the scene after Hiers crashed into them but returned two hours after the collision, CHP officials said.
Ramos, 23, of San Bruno, suffered multiple fractures and deep cuts to his arm and elbow. He was taken to Twin Cities Community Hospital for treatment.
Guzman-Tapia, 23, also of San Bruno, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.