Police suspect man died of overdose at SLO gas station

October 13, 2020

Police say a 39-year-old man who was found dead inside a vehicle at a San Luis Obispo gas station last week likely died of a drug overdose. [KSBY]

At about 5 a.m. Friday, callers reported a body at the Chevron gas station located at the intersection of Santa Rosa Street and Foothill Boulevard. San Luis Obispo police officers and the SLO County coroner’s unit then began investigating the death.

Police say foul play is not suspected in the case. Rather, officers found drug paraphernalia inside the vehicle, and it appears the man died of an overdose, according to the police department.

The deceased man was one of three bodies found in a span of two days last week in SLO County.

Shortly before noon on Thursday, officers found the body of a homeless man in a tent located along the Bob Jones Trail between Prado Road and Los Osos Valley Road in San Luis Obispo. Early Saturday morning, officers found Daniel Jay Romo, 26, dead in a riverbed near JCPennys in Paso Robles.

Investigations into each of the three deaths are ongoing.


The Heading should say, “Man dies from drug use”.

When somebody dies of a overdose, in implies that the person received some extraordinarily strong product or used a larger amount than usual, rarely the case. Eventually the odds catches up to the drug user:(

The term overdose implies that the user was a victim, instead of a person making a choice to be a drug user.

It is sad to see someone go down the path of drug use and then pay the ultimate price for that choice:(


You think addiction is a choice?


You think drug addicts are victims with no choice?

The success rate of addicts to beat their addiction is only around 15%, that number alone tells you how tough it is to get clean!

That is true of most forms of addiction, drugs, alcohol, gambling etc.

That 15% made a choice and should be commended for it!!!


The initial drug use is the choice. Addiction is often the by product. Choose wisely.


They weren’t born that way.