Driver Pleads Not Guilty in Triple Fatal Collision

John Roderick Dungan (courtesy Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office)

By edhat staff

The driver accused of intentionally crashing his vehicle into another car killing a family of three has pleaded not guilty.

John Roderick Dungan, 28 of Santa Barbara, is charged with three felony counts of murder for a Highway 154 collision that took place on October 25. California Highway Patrol (CHP) stated earlier this month that Dungan drove his vehicle into the opposing lane of traffic directed at the vehicle carrying a Vanessa Goss Bley, 34, and her two young children, Lucienne Bley Gleason (2) and Desmond Bley Gleason (4 months).

CHP arrested Dungan following his release from the hospital and recommended three counts of murder to the District Attorney’s office who filed the charges. CHP also had the bail amount of $2 million changed to no bail. 

Captain Cindy Pontes of CHP also stated they have evidence to confirm Dungan intentionally crashed into another vehicle even though Dungan refused to speak with investigators. 

Dungan will return to court on January 31 for a preliminary hearing.



 November 7, 2019: Driver Intentionally Crashes into Family, CHP States

 October 29, 2019: Disturbing History of Survivor in Fatal Highway 154 Collision

 October 27, 2019: Solvang Woman Identified in Fatal Highway 154 Collision

 October 25, 2019: Triple Fatal Collision Closes Highway 154, Sparks Wildfire

Edhat Staff

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  1. He has a public defender (so yes, more tax dollars for this piece of garbage) and some young instagram chick out of a firm in LA. When asked if he understood the charges and proceedings he said, “Yes” so let’s hope he doesn’t plan on pleading insanity.

  2. Even if Dung misses being able to cop to a mental defense and is found guilty of murder, he’ll be sentenced to something like 20 years to life, but he’ll be back out on the streets eight or so years later. That’s just the way it’s done in California these days.

  3. Not for THREE counts, Rex, plus special circumstances. I hope he rots for life. There will be massive support to sentence with no possibility of parole. Look what he did when he was out on bail last month. Garbage human.

  4. SEABIRD: Look what happened to Eliot Rodger. True, he had a “mental defense” case. But he’s still out. It will happen again, mental defense or no. That’s just how it is in California these days. Bank on this. I am right.

  5. I for one am looking forward to the trial and subsequent conviction. He would have been wise to just admit fault and avoid the inevitable media slaughter, but the murder charge made that not viable. So instead of slipping into oblivion, he is going to have to lay out his deepest, most private thoughts and actions for all to see and scrutinize. It will be a bitter pill for us to swallow but it will most certainly be torture for this guy and his family. Then he’ll spend the rest of his miserable life in a dirty, cold and extremely violent prison cell, where he will be forced to fight daily for his life and his well being… To me, that future seems much more severe than a quick death. He will be suffering for decades to come in some of the most miserable ways possible.

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