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Triple Fatal 101 Accident Updates
updated: Apr 23, 2014, 12:50 PM

By the Dedicated Staff of edhat.com

Three people were killed in a car accident on Highway 101 early Monday morning in Santa Barbara. Two teenage girls from Torrance, CA were seniors at North High School and best friends, according to The Daily Breeze. Jessica Leffew and Danielle Murillo were returning home from a concert in Santa Maria with Murillo's boyfriend, Brian Adonay Lopez of Los Angeles who was also killed, and the Leffew's boyfriend, Erick Hoel August of Los Angeles who is in critical condition.


Jessica Leffew, left, and Danielle Murillo [The Daily Breeze]

All four were in a red 2005 Mazda traveling southbound near Castillo Street around 12:45 a.m. when the Mazda crashed into a guardrail for unknown reasons, according to the California Highway Patrol. The car reportedly rolled and flipped onto its roof landing in the middle of the highway. CHP reported that seconds later, a 2013 white Ford Mustang driven by Santa Barbara woman Kimberly Ann Kreis, collided into the Mazda causing two people to be ejected.

Kreis was arrested for DUI and booked at the Santa Barbara County Jail Facility. KEYT reported that Kreis has a lengthy court record out of Ventura County and was ordered to serve 30 days in a detox program as far back as 1995.


John Palminteri photo

An extensive investigation has been underway to determine the cause of death and details of the accident. KEYT reports that more than ten CHP officers are combing through the details of the crash. The two vehicles involved will have a mechanical investigation Wednesday morning. Autopsy's on the victims have taken place by the Santa Barbara County Coroners office. Kreis' blood alcohol level has not been released. CHP Officer Jonathan Guiterrez, said "A lot of things could have happened, He could have fallen asleep. We just don't know at this point."

The Daily Breeze reported reactions from family and friends in Torrance. "She was really outgoing and positive. She always looked at the bright side of everything," said Manuel Murillo, Danielle's father. "It's just crazy [...] Cheryl (Danielle's mother) talked to her around 10. They were tired, but they were coming home," Manuel Murillo said. "I guess her boyfriend fell asleep and lost control of the car and someone T- boned them." Principal of North High Ron Richardson sent out a bulletin to families writing, "It is very difficult to lose a member of our community. We are very heartbroken by the tragic loss of two of our students. We would like to extend our heartfelt sympathies to their families, teachers, classmates and friends."

A memorial for Leffew and Murillo will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at North High School.

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