Fundraiser held for family of man killed by suicidal driver

Doug Menegos was struck on the SR-67

EL CAJON, Calif. - Friends and loved ones of a man killed in a head-on collision last week gathered at Downtown Cafe in El Cajon Friday for a benefit in his honor.

"He had a heart of gold, he'd help anybody, he was a wonderful, wonderful person," Pam Andrews said of Doug Menegos.

"He was epic, good person, friendly, beautiful smile, great spirit," Victoria Castellones said.

Menegos was killed by in a collision with a wrong-way driver, who authorities say was suicidal. The father and husband was headed north on state Route 67 approaching Mapleview Street when 29-year-old Trista Stier deliberately drove her truck the wrong way, colliding head-on with Menegos.

"She bypassed a couple cars, from what I understand, and just went for him, headed right for him. He was the biggest car on the freeway," said Nick Menegos, the victim's brother.

Relatives say authorities have not told them what may have triggered the woman to drive the wrong way, leaving them wondering why.

"I'd like to know why, but it just doesn't make any sense," Nick Menegos said.

Friends and perfect strangers stuffed a box with cash to help pay for the funeral expenses.

Pam Andrews, who's a close friend of the family, said she's grateful for the support and hopes people will keep Menegos' family in their prayers.

"Monetary is one thing, but don't forget after this time is over they still need you," Andrews said.

So far, the family has raised more than $48,000 to help with funeral expenses and a college fund for Menegos' children.

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