The family and friends of 18-year old Jackson Garland gathered today to remember his life. Garland was killed last week in a head-on collision in Los Osos. The man whose car collided into Garland’s is in custody on DUI charges.
Most of Jackson Garland’s family lives on the east coast, and they were finally able to make the cross-country trip to San Luis Obispo County after learning of his death. One of the places they visited was San Luis Obispo High School, where they held a small memorial attended by students and staff.
Friends and family gathered for the intimate memorial on the football field of Garland’s alma mater. He just graduated a few weeks ago from San Luis Obispo High School.
Celine Vuong was close friends with Garland. She graduated with him just a few weeks ago. She says Garland was the type of friend that everybody wishes they had.
"He was probably the kindest person I know," said Vuong. "He was really silly. He wasn't afraid to be silly. He would always talk about football. Since he was from Maryland, he loved the Baltimore Ravens. He would talk about it a lot."
Garland’s family requested that no cameras film the memorial at the high school and they also declined requests for an on-camera interview.
Last Wednesday Garland was driving on South Bay Boulevard in Los Osos when an oncoming car veered into his lane and the two cars collided head-on. Garland was pronounced dead at the scene. The other driver, 22-year old Alexander Gonzales, was released from the hospital shortly after and arrested on DUI and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.
Gonzales appeared in court Monday for the first time. His attorney filed a motion to challenge the DUI charges and requested a bail-reduction hearing. He's due back in court on July 7th.