Man killed in Route 56 crash ID’d as Poway High grad

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Authorities released the name today of a 22-year-old San Diego man killed in a possible DUI collision in Rancho Penasquitos while on his way to a family funeral.

Nick Hart - 2009 Poway High Yearbook photo

Nick Hart, a 2009 Poway High grad, was heading west on State Route 56 when an eastbound 2002 Range Rover SUV veered across a center median and smashed head-on into his 2010 Toyota Scion near Black Mountain Road about 9:40 a.m. Thursday, according to the county Medical Examiner’s Office and California Highway Patrol.

Hart, who worked at a Trader Joe’s market in Scripps Ranch, died in the wreckage of his car.

Medics took the other motorist, 18-year-old Timothy Barnette of San Diego, to a La Jolla trauma center for treatment of severe injuries, CHP public-affairs Officer Jake Sanchez said. He remained hospitalized this afternoon.

Investigators suspect that Barnette was under the influence of some type of medication or other controlled substance at the time of the crash, and criminal charges may be filed against him, the spokesman said.

Hart, a former Cal State San Marcos student, was en route to a relative’s memorial service at the time of his death, a family member told KFMB-TV.

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5 Comments for “Man killed in Route 56 crash ID’d as Poway High grad”

  1. WTH

    I feel bad for both families. However, the young man who caused this needs to be held accountable. All to often anymore no one takes responsibility for their actions. Example, the woman who hit and killed a nanny a while back did plead guilty to running a red light, but she only got a slap on the wrist. She faces up to one year in jail for taking the life of another. Nothing will bring back these innocent victims, but a judge could at least send a message to the one's who have caused so much pain for so many families. That's just my opinion whether you disagree with me or not is no concern to me. Think of how you would feel if it were your loved one.

    • MoveOn

      OMG are you still on this one. Do you understand that judges cannot arbitrarily make up sentences to fit your sense of justice? In California sentencing is set by statute. You don't like the law then quit blabbing and do something. Misdemeanors in this County rarely get jail time because we are overcrowded and in the car accident you keep referring to, there are extenuating circumstances which apparently you fail to grasp.

      • WTH

        Oh it's you again. The relative of the woman who ran the red light. I guess I don't blame you for defending your guilty relative. Which extenuating circumstances are you referring to? The one where the driver made a poor decision to drive a motor vehicle the day after she had a baby? Or the one where she ran a red light taking the life of another who's only crime was being in the wrong place at the wrong time? Is that the one you mean? Your'e free to ignore my blabbing by not responding. But you'll respond again just to appease the guilt. Guaranteed.

        • Sparky

          I am not a relative of the woman who ran the red light. I generally comment to other comments when it is clear that the initial comment is just based on overall ignorance and lack of legal understanding.

  2. Barbra

    Id like to say that IF the 18 year old was under the influence then he should be held accountable to the fullest the law provides. Death is a horrible event and I pray that the family of Nick are able to heal. Id like to know more about how this happened. Was this 18 year old a high school student? If so where did he attend and why was he driving in the morning and not at school?

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