Paso Robles teen killed in crash identified

January 16, 2022

Joaquin Ripley


The 17-year-old who died in a car crash at the intersection of Spring and 34th streets on Jan. 13 has been identified as Joaquin Ripley.

At about 5:15 p.m., Joaquin Ripley was driving northbound on Spring Street at a high-rate of speed when he crashed into two vehicles attempting to turn onto Spring Street from opposite sides of 34th Street. The teen died at the scene. No one else was injured in the crash.

The teen’s sister, Jaquelyn Ripley, started a GoFundMe page seeking to raise $10,000 to help pay for funeral expenses. The page has exceeded that goal, raising over $17,000.

“He had just bought a car all on his own and was excited to test out his new car,” Jaquelyn Ripley said. “We are beyond devastated. Joaquín was a few weeks away from his 18th birthday.”

Joaquin Ripley leaves behind a 6-month-old daughter, his mother, father and three sisters.

An investigation into the fatal crash is ongoing.


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We’ve ALL, made stupid poor decision stuff when we were young adults. Looking back at some of the things I did as a teenager while driving makes me want to cringe in horror. Unfortunately, this young man doesn’t get another chance.


Testing out his car?

Tragic fail.


Yeah I don’t buy it. The 101 is right there as a much safer place to “test your car”. No need to worry about people turning in front of you on the freeway.


Actually, YOU’RE the worst.


You’re the worst.


What about the people in the other two cars? It’s a miracle no one else was killed.


So why was he driving so fast on Spring Street?


Because he was an 17 year old boy with a fast car. I have a son. He’s a good kid but has made stupid decisions in life. I count my blessings that this isn’t our story.

Michael A.

It’s a sad story. When I was his age I wanted a fast car too. Luckily for me, my father was wise enough to know to say “Hell No” and would not allow it. Probably saved me.

fat chance

Sad deal…way to young.