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Driver declined aid from agencies

The San Luis Obispo man who died last week in the hours after his truck crashed declined medical assistance because he said he was not hurt, officials said Wednesday.

Justin Spisak, 21, died at a Santa Margarita Lake Road home Nov. 27 after a truck he was driving rolled off El Camino Real and into a ditch just south of Atascadero. Spisak’s family has said the home might have belonged to a coworker.

Spisak apparently decided to forgo help, went to bed and didn’t wake up that morning, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

However, officials haven’t determined whether his death was linked to the crash. Alcohol did not appear to be a factor in the crash, according to the CHP.

An autopsy was conducted Wednesday but the results have not been released. Toxicology results are expected in three weeks, sheriff’s spokesman Rob Bryn said.

“We are awaiting toxicology results before making any further statements on the death,” Bryn said.

When the CHP arrived on scene about 12:15 a.m. Nov. 27, Spisak didn’t have visible injuries and had already declined aid from the ambulance and fire personnel, CHP Officer Leo Arace said.

“We ask the driver, ‘Are you OK?’ and, ‘Are you injured?’ And he said he was fine,” Arace said. By that point, Spisak had also signed an ambulance release form saying he wasn’t hurt, Arace said.

Spisak lost control of the Chevy Blazer he was driving after the trailer it was towing started whipping back and forth, according to the CHP.

The two-axle car trailer was loaded with firewood, Arace said.

Spisak’s girlfriend and his sister told The Tribune that the 2006 San Luis Obispo High School graduate was always thinking up small business ideas. His most recent endeavor, they said, had something to do with trees and wood.

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