Son of Coronado pub owner involved in fatal crash in Rosarito, Mexico

Posted at 7:24 PM, Jun 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-21 08:37:23-04

ROSARITO, Mexico. (KGTV) - The son of a Coronado bar owner was involved in a crash that killed a man in Rosarito, Mexico last week, sources tell 10News.

The crash happened on June 11 in the Playa Encantado neighborhood of Rosarito, according to that city’s Justice Agency.

Mexican authorities said Gregory McPartlin Jr. crashed into another vehicle. A total of four cars were eventually involved in the wreck, officials said.10News reached out to a man who claimed he witnessed the aftermath of the accident. He did not want to be identified but told us that the actual scene was so gruesome, he had to turn away."There were body parts everywhere," the witness said. 

The victim, later identified as Eleuterio Pedraza Sanchez, was found dead after the crash. The witness told 10News, Sanchez was a construction worker for a nearby site. He was standing on the sidewalk with his nephew, buying burritos from a food truck.

People who identified themselves as friends of McPartlin told 10News his father is Gregory McPartlin Sr., the owner of McP’s Irish Pub on Orange Ave in Coronado.

10News looked into McPartlin Jr. We found that he was a personal trainer at World Gym in Pacific Beach. Co-workers told us off-camera that McPartlin was a nice guy who was good at his job. But they were not surprised to hear that he was in trouble with the law. 

According to the DMV, McPartlin had been caught for driving-related incidents more than a dozen times in the last ten years. He was convicted of at least four DUI’s, and should not have been behind the wheel.

Mexican authorities were unable to determine whether McPartlin was under the influence of drugs or alcohol but said the case has already gone to a judge and an agreement was reached. The specifics of the agreement were not made public. McPartlin is no longer in jail.

McPartlin may have taken the vehicle from a woman staying at a nearby hotel, authorities said. A woman who was staying at Hotel Las Rocas reported that a friend took the keys to her car and apartment without permission and drove away, according to Mexican officials.

The same vehicle, a white 2008 Hummer, was later involved in the fatal crash.