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Update: Man who died trying to stop friend from driving intoxicated identified 

Jose Montes Guillen, 21, of Paso Robles

Jose Montes Guillen, 21, of Paso Robles.

–Paso Robles police have identified the man who was killed while trying to prevent an intoxicated friend from driving as Jose Montes Guillen, 21, of Paso Robles.

Guillen was attempting to stop Sarah Hale, 21, from driving while intoxicated and was thrown from the vehicle. He was taken to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, where he succumbed to his injuries.

Montes Guillen’s friends and family members plan to host a candlelight vigil in his honor on Saturday from 7 to 10 p.m. at Centennial Park in Paso Robles.

They’ve also started a GoFundMe page to raise money for Montes Guillen’s family. To donate, visit

Original story posted Dec. 29

Man dies after trying to stop intoxicated friend from driving

–On Friday at about 10:39 p.m., Paso Robles Police officers were dispatched to Santa Maria Brewing Co, located at 14th and Park in Paso Robles, regarding a fatal collision involving a pedestrian.

Officers learned upon arrival that several friends of the suspect, 21-year-old Sarah Hale of Paso Robles, attempted to stop her from driving. The victim, who sources say attempted to stop Hale from driving under the influence by climbing onto the hood of her car, was thrown from the vehicle and struck the pavement. He sustained major injuries and was transported to Sierra Vista Hospital. Hale fled the scene and was located at her residence a short time later. She was arrested for felony driving under the influence and felony hit and run.

After being booked at SLO County Jail, Hale was released after posting bail. After Hale’s release, the victim, a 21-year-old resident of Paso Robles, succumbed to his injuries while at Sierra Vista.

The investigation is ongoing and no further information is available at this time. Anyone with information is urged to call the Paso Robles Police Department.

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