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Driver in fatal crash had drugs in his system 

Update April 23, 2014: The coroner’s unit of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office released the toxicology report of Jeremy Nathanial Martin, who died in a traffic collision in Paso Robles on Feb. 26. The 26-year-old Martin was the driver of the car involved in the fatal crash. Three substances were found in his system, THC, Codeine and Ibuprofen. The coroner’s unit previously released the cause and manner of death for Martin and his passenger Christopher Micheal Medina as multiple blunt force trauma injuries.

Feb. 26: Two die in Highway 46 accident at Union Road

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A vehicle accident on Highway 46 East in Paso Robles leaves two dead. Photo from Paso Robles Police Department.

Coroner identify men who died in car accident

Update 5 p.m., Feb. 27, 2014:  The Coroner’s Unit of the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office released a report with the identities of the two men who died in a traffic collision on Highway 46 East at Union Road in Paso Robles on Feb. 26.

The driver was Jeremy Nathanial Martin, 26, of Grover Beach and the passenger Christopher Micheal Medina, 24, of Paso Robles, according to a report. Autopsies were completed today for the two men and investigators list the cause of death for both as multiple blunt force trauma injuries. Results of toxicology tests are pending and are not expected for six to eight weeks.

Passenger car failed to yield, police say

Update 1 p.m., Feb. 27, 2014: An initial investigation of the vehicle accident on Highway 46 Wednesday afternoon reveals the driver of a black passenger car failed to yield the right of way by crossing Highway 46 East directly into the path of the eastbound pickup truck, according to a report from the Paso Robles Police Department.

The ensuing collision resulted in the death of both the car’s male occupants. Weather did not appear to be a factor.

There was suspected marijuana in the passenger car, but it is unknown whether the driver was under the influence of any intoxicants at the time of the collision and whether this played any part in the collision, police say.

Investigators have submitted blood samples to a crime laboratory for toxicology screening. The results of these tests are not expected for several weeks. In an earlier press release, police mistakenly reported that there were no immediate indications that drugs or alcohol played a factor in the collision.

The lone, male, occupant of the pickup truck did not sustain injuries during the collision.

Original story Feb. 26, 2014: A black passenger car attempting to cross Highway 46 East from Union Road in Paso Robles crossed into the path of an eastbound pickup truck late this afternoon, according a report from the Paso Robles Police Department. The red pickup truck and passenger car collided in the eastbound lanes of traffic. The collision resulted in the death of the car’s two occupants.

Paso Robles Police Officers and Department of Emergency Services were dispatched to the area Wednesday at about 4 p.m. The degree of injury of those occupying the pickup truck is pending at press time. The report said the police will issue further updates as they become available.

At 5 p.m. vehicle traffic on westbound Highway 46 was backed up to Airport Road.

The Paso Robles Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance for information about this collision. Anyone witnessed the collision or with information is encouraged to call the Paso Robles Police Department at (805) 237-6464. Or persons wishing to remain anonymous are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers’ 24-hour hotline at 549-STOP or by texting “SLOTIPS” plus your message” to CRIMES (274637).


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