Cindy Ponce, of the California Highway Patrol in Santa Barbara, briefs reporters Thursday regarding the Oct. 25 crash on Highway 154 that killed 34-year-old Rebecca Vanessa Goss Bley, of Solvang, and her two children.
California Highway Patrol officials said Thursday they believe a driver intentionally crashed his car into an oncoming vehicle on Highway 154, killing a Solvang woman and her two young children.
At an afternoon press conference, Cindy Ponce, commander of the Santa Barbara Area Office of the CHP, outlined the investigation into the Oct. 25 crash and subsequent arrest of John Roderick Dungan, 28, who was charged with three counts of murder Wednesday.
“You know that our community is still hurting and will be for a very long time,” Ponce told reporters. “I will assure you that the CHP will not rest until we have thoroughly investigated the case.”
Dungan was driving his 2014 Chevrolet Camaro westbound on Highway 154 near Cold Spring Bridge when he allegedly slammed his car head-on into a 2013 Chevrolet Volt, driven by 34-year-old Rebecca Vanessa Goss Bley, of Solvang.
Investigators from the CHP’s multidisciplinary accident investigation team — which reconstructs car crashes to determine a cause — are still collecting evidence from the three vehicles, which were impounded by the CHP, Ponce said.
Preliminary information on the “complex” investigation was sent to the district attorney, Ponce said, although a full report has not yet been completed.
Prior to the press conference, Ponce said that CHP officers met with Max Gleason, the widowed husband of Bley, to provide him with updated information on the investigation and to answer questions.
In addition to the murder charges, Dungan faces a felony case filed last March in which he is charged with stalking and firearm-related violations.
According to the criminal complaint, he was free on bail or his own recognizance at the time of the crash, leading to one of two enhancements being added to the three murder charges.
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