Off-roading accident victim’s names released

April 20, 2015

Aireal photograph of trailFive men, three from San Luis Obispo, were four-wheeling Saturday morning on sandy trails between Highway 101 and Fort Hunter Liggett in Monterey County when the narrow path they were on gave way and their Jeep rolled more than 600 feet down a steep ravine.

The California Highway patrol said Andrew Joseph Kruep, 25, from Orinda was the driver. He died Saturday night.

Krueps passengers were Darren Thomas Mullen, 25, Sean Ross Mullen, 22, and Myles Andrew Franklin, 21, all from San Luis Obispo and Spencer N. Blodgett, 24, from Lafayette. Al four passengers suffered severe injuries, said California Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Mike Rigby.

Franklin and brothers Sean and Darren Mullen are currently in fair condition at Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno, according to a hospital spokesperson. Blodgett was treated and released.

An earlier source related to another responding agency said all five men went to Cal Poly. A Cal Poly spokesperson said none of the victims are Cal Poly students.

About 1:50 a.m., one of the men called 911 from his cell phone. Emergency crews from the California Highway Patrol, Cal Fire and Fort Hunter Liggett responded.

It took more than four hours for emergency crews to reach the victims because of a lack of light and rough terrain. During the night, Kruep passed away.

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One article says CHP claims no drugs or alcohol were involved but other reports say that first responders smelled alcohol.

According to an article in the Santa Cruz Sentinel, Andrew Kruep’s wealthy father Randall Kruep owns a company called Sage Analytics…

“In his grand house atop Los Altos Hills, Sage Analytics founder Kruep demonstrated his “Luminary Profiler,” a desktop cannabis measurement device, made in Fremont, that enables quick, cost-effective potency and freshness testing.

Commonly used by pharmaceutical laboratories, spectroscopy produces accurate results, but it has been too expensive and complicated for the cannabis market. His tool is small, portable and easy-to-use — perfect for harvesters, dispensaries and the baking of cannabis-infused pastries.

On his dining room table, he gently rests a golden bud of “Girl Scout Cookies” on the device, covers it with a black cap, flicks on a light and — presto! — a digital reading of THC content appears: 26.3 percent.

“Boom — done. Four seconds,” crows Kruep, an entrepreneur who also helped launch Redback Networks, Stoke and other tech companies.

“There is no reason,” he said, “that we can’t give people a profile of their cannabis the same as we provide information about food, drink and medications — a label that says, ‘Here is what you’re about to consume.’ “