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Family of SR-56 crash victim wants answers and justice

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Nick Hart Nick Hart
Timothy Barnette Timothy Barnette

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Difficult times for friends and family of a 22-year-old man killed in a traffic accident along State Route 56.

The family of Nick Hart wants justice Friday, one day after Hart was killed when a wrong-way driver smashed into his car.

Charges are still pending from the horrific crash which changed the lives of so many. The 18-year-old suspected driver Timothy Barnette remains hospitalized.

A photo posted on Timothy Barnette's Facebook page, shows him in his Scripps La Jolla Hospital room, just hours after he allegedly caused a wrong way fatal head on crash on SR-56.

The Westview High grad, who suffered major facial injuries and several fractures, had this caption written under his picture "Please forgive me God. Please please."

CHP officers do not suspect Barnette was under the influence of alcohol, but say they are investigating his impairment.

The collision killed 22-year-old Nick Hart, a Poway High grad and former Spartans wrestling team member, who was driving a Toyota Scion westbound around 9:45 a.m. Thursday.

Authorities say Timothy Barnette was traveling eastbound and suddenly lost control of his Land Rover Discovery, crossing the sandy center median and slamming into Hart, who, according his loved ones, had a passion for catching that perfect wave.

Scripps Ranch Trader Joe's Manager John Harcharik is still in shock that Nick Hart won't be stocking the shelves or ringing up customers anymore.

Hart worked at the store for about a year. His loss has colleagues reeling, so much so, that Harcharik has given them time off to grieve including one co-worker.

Harcharik says it was a joy to train and develop the young man who he says had so much potential.

Trader Joe's says they will honor Hart, who attended classes at Cal State San Marcos, by supplying floral arrangements for his funeral.

And at some point, the store manager tells News 8, he will be putting up a plaque in Nick Hart's honor.

It could be several weeks before Timothy Barnette's toxicology test results are revealed.

Meantime, News 8 tried to contact his relatives at their Poway home, but they did not answer the door.

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