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3 Dead in Santa Barbara DUI Accident

Three people were killed Monday morning after a white Ford Mustang collided with a flipped over car.

Driver of Mustang Arrested on DUI

According to ABC News, a red Mazda carrying two high school students and their boyfriends flipped over on the 101 Freeway in Santa Barbara and, seconds later, was struck by a white Ford Mustang.

Police believe that the driver likely fell asleep behind the wheel and struck a section of the guardrail, causing the car to overturn and block the #2 lane. The Mustang then struck the overturned vehicle, ejecting two of the Mazda’s occupants.

Police have confirmed that 17-year-olds Danielle Murillo and Jessica Leffew and 20-year-old Brian Lopez were killed in the collision. The driver of the Mazda, Erick August, 20, suffered serious injuries and is listed in critical condition at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

The four were reportedly returning home from a concert when the accident occurred.

The driver of the Mustang, 52-year-old Kimberly Ann Kries, was arrested for suspected DUI and booked at the Santa Barbara County Jail.

National Auto Accident Statistics

  • According to data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 33,561 people lost their lives on U.S. roadways in 2012 – up from 32,479 in 2011.
  • 2,362,000 people were injured in traffic accidents marking an increase of 145,000 from 2011.
  • Of those killed in auto accidents:
  • Alcohol was determined to be a contributing factor in 30.7 percent of all fatal crashes in 2012.

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