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Jul. 30th, 2005

Nipomo man, 25, is latest crash victim

By Mark Cornejo

The Tribune

In red is the stuff they did wrong...just  for other info, he had been separated at the fair from his girlfriend...she wasn't at the car when he got out there so he called her...she said she was at in-n-out....he was on his way to pick her up.  She feels so guilty, and i feel so horribly for her.

A 25-year-old Nipomo man was killed when his car broadsided a tree as he was heading home from a concert at the Mid-State Fair early Friday morning.

Jesse Jacobson was heading south on Highway 101 just south of Highway 46 East in Paso Robles after 1 a.m. when his girlfriend's 2002 Ford Mustang drifted into the center divider, according to a CHP release. After hitting the divider, Jacobson turned the wheel sharply to the right, entered a broadside skid and hit a large oak tree. He was killed instantly, according to the CHP.

Investigators don't yet know why Jacobson's car hit the divider. They believe speed may have been a factor.

Jacobson's mother, Michele Harney, said her son loved action sports such as dirt biking, snow boarding and wake boarding.

He was only one semester from completing trade school to become a journeyman plumber, said his stepfather, Michael Harney.

"He was always seen with a smile on his face," Michael Harney said. "Everyone knew him by his smile."

His father, Sunny Jacobson, owns S. Jacobson Plumbing in Arroyo Grande, where Jesse Jacobson received his introduction to the business in his early teens, his stepfather said.

Jesse Jacobson had been working at Smith Electric in Santa Maria for the past two weeks, said his supervisor, Charlie Carroll.

Jacobson had been with the company for a year and a half before leaving for another job about a year ago. When he was laid off from that job, Carroll invited him back to Smith Electric.

"He had a lot of potential for what he was doing," Carroll said. "He was one of the last guys to get laid off. That tells you something about him."

Michael Harney said Jacobson was excited about working with Smith Electric again.

"He liked the people he was working with," Michael Harney said. "He knew a lot of the guys there because they went to school together."

When Carroll told some of the men who worked with Jacobson about the accident on Friday, he said everyone was "very shook up." He added that Smith Electric is a family-owned business and everyone saw Jacobson "as part of their family."

"It's a shame to lose someone at that age who was just getting their stuff together," he said. "We're all going to miss him. ... He was a good kid -- one of the best."