Man assaults driver, car crashes in Nipomo

October 20, 2015

ambulance 4A 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.



I totally agree indigo1955. I heard from someone that one of the boys in the van suffered a severed arm and the hand on the other arm was also severed. I can’t imagine being in such a violent crash, let al9ne suffering injuries even close to that. I don’t care what the “excuse”, this guy needs to be severely punished for what he has caused.


We are not getting the full story. Don’t jump to conclusions. Perhaps the driver was acting erratically and Martinez was trying to take control of the vehicle.


I have never said this before on here, because I try to maintain a modicum of civility, but what a piece of shit John Gilbert Martinez, Jr. is. To beat on some child that is barely old enough to drive, and cause injury to 2 other innocent children because he can’t control assaulting people while he is high—deserves a double-digit sentence and at least a charge for attempted murder. Car accidents are tremendously traumatic when you are young—but to have violence involved also–is just terrible!

I hope the children in this situation are treated with loving care and provided with the medical care and therapy they need to heal from this. And I think John would make a good love match with Bubba.