Man assaults driver, car crashes in Nipomo
October 20, 2015
A 10-year-old child suffered critical injuries Monday evening, and a 57-year-old man is behind bars after a car rolled off Highway 101 in Nipomo and landed upside down on a frontage road. [KSBY]
Around 5:15 p.m., a green Toyota Avalon was speeding on southbound Highway 101just north of Highway 166, according to the CHP. The Toyota sedan crashed into the center ridge, crossed over the divider, rolled across the northbound lanes, left the highway and landed on South Thompson Avenue.
John Gilbert Martinez, Jr. assaulted the 16-year-old driver of the vehicle, causing the teen to lose control of the car, according to the CHP. Martinez is charged with child endangerment, being under the influence of a controlled substance and interfering with the safe operation of a vehicle.
All four occupants of the car suffered injuries. The fourth occupant of the car is 13 years old.
Emergency responders transported all of the passengers to Marian hospital in Santa Maria. Officers arrested Martinez after he received treatment for his injuries.
Martinez remains in San Luis Obispo County Jail Tuesday morning with his bail set at $100,000.