The San Luis Obispo man killed Monday in a crash while a potential buyer test-drove his car was described as a dedicated husband and father who lived for moments with his wife and children.
“When I think of when people consider what their purpose in life is, I think his purpose was to be a father. I really do,” said his wife of 22 years, Lisa Nadalsky.
Dan Nadalsky, 53, was a passenger in the 2003 Lexus that crashed into a 2002 Toyota Tacoma on Monday along Buckley Road near San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport.
The driver was Hussan Najani, 47, also of San Luis Obispo. He had answered a Craigslist ad that the Nadalskys had posted Sunday to sell a car that had belonged to Lisa Nadalsky’s mother, who died last November.
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Najani drove the Lexus west along Buckley Road with Dan Nadalsky in the front passenger seat. A witness told the CHP that he took the left curve in the road at 70 mph; signs there caution drivers to go 30 mph at the curve along the 55 mph road.
Najani lost control of the vehicle and crashed, according to the CHP.
“I don’t know him, but I hope he is OK,” Lisa Nadalsky said. “I don’t blame him.”
Najani was taken to a local hospital Monday with serious injuries. An update on his condition was not disclosed Tuesday.
The driver of the Toyota, Alan Evenson, 51, of Arroyo Grande, was set to be released Tuesday from Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo.
No charges were brought against Najani as of Tuesday, but the CHP said its investigation remains open. The vehicle is also being tested for mechanical failure.
Dan Nadalsky was a Cal Poly graduate, a longtime machinist at Paso Robles’ Cornucopia Tool & Plastics Inc. and a former youth coach. He loved photographing nature and gardening with his wife. They were making plans to travel more.
“We were always together,” she said. “Pretty much if you saw one of us, you saw the other, too.”
But most of all, he was a man who loved being a dad and grandpa.
“Anything the kids were involved with — he was a part of it,” his wife said.
His children are Danielle Consolo, 29, of Nipomo; Erik Phillips, 25, of San Francisco; and Robbie Nadalsky, 21, of Redding. Most recently, life was all about his two grandchildren, Jonathon, 2, and Kaylee, who will be 1 month old Saturday.
“He loved my kids like no one else,” Danielle Consolo said. “He’d always have a new toy for my son and would be calling me saying, ‘When can we baby-sit?’ He was there every moment he could be.”