BONSALL, Calif. -- An EMT and father of 2 young boys was identified as the victim of a wrong-way crash on SR-76 Friday.
Christopher Williams was riding on a motorcycle when he was fatally struck during the overnight hours of Jan. 1 by a wrong-way, DUI driver, police said.
The suspected driver, a 25-year-old Marine named Adam Barooshian, pleaded not guilty to murder charges Friday. A Vista judge denied him bail.
Barooshian allegedly drove east on westbound lanes of SR-76 near Via Monserate early Tuesday and collided with a motorcyclist, according to California Highway Patrol officer Mark Latulippe.
"A Lexus IS 300 was traveling eastbound within the westbound lanes of SR-76 and collided head-on with a man on a Suzuki motorcycle traveling in the correct, westbound direction, killing the rider," Latulippe said. "A third vehicle was involved when it was struck by debris from the initial impact."
The incident occurred at 3:54 a.m., said Latulippe.
Williams was the husband of Sarah Williams, a public safety dispatcher with the Oceanside Police Department, and the loving father to two sons, 8-year-old Jonathan and 5-year-old Nathan.
"While words cannot express the grief and pain we all feel as part of the Law Enforcement family, we all know that there will be harder days and times ahead," said Jim Ridenour, President of the Oceanside Police Officer Association. "Having a member of your family ripped from your life without warning is terrible, raising two small boys on a meager public safety paycheck will be near impossible."
Yoshi Ramirez told FOX 5 he's been best friends with Williams since the 7th grade.
“He loved hanging out with people. Loved making them laugh. His humor and his wit, basically he knew how to gather people together and bring them closer,” Ramirez said.
Ramirez said he always remained close to Williams and watched him serve his country in the Navy, become a husband, father and security officer-EMT at a local casino. More recently, Ramirez said he was there when Williams graduated from the San Pasqual Reservation Fire Academy.
“He was working with one of the local agencies to become a firefighter,” Ramirez said. “He just wanted to help people. He loved people. He wanted to ensure that his family was safe and secure in their future. He wanted to set that example."
A GoFundMe has been created for the family.