Solvang Woman Identified in Triple Fatal Collision

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Rebecca Vanessa Goss Bley (Photo: Facebook)

By edhat staff

Officials have released the name of the woman who died in a triple fatal traffic collision on Highway 154 Friday afternoon.

Rebecca Vanessa Goss Bley, 34 of Solvang, and two children were killed after being struck by a vehicle that crossed over the double yellow lines near Cold Spring Bridge. The identities of the children have yet to be released, according to Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office.

DNA samples, for comparison, will be sent to the Sacramento County Coroner's Office where a Rapid DNA System will be utilized to confirm the children's identities.

Bley was an artist and musician, according to her website. She is best known as the frontwoman for haze-pop band Beast Patrol and the jazz-noir group Twin Danger. She was married to Max Gleason of Solvang with two young children. She performed as part of SoFar Sounds in Santa Barbara last December. A video of her performance can be found here.

Bley was driving a Chevy Volt that was struck by a black Camaro driven by John Roderick Dungan, 28-years-old of Santa Barbara. A GMC SUV  following behind Bley then struck the Volt sending the two vehicles off to the side of the roadway while the Camaro spun towards the bridge. The Volt and GMC caught fire which spread to nearby brush. Firefighters were quick to respond to the scene and tackled the brushfire but Bley and the two children were pronounced dead on the scene.

The occupants of the GMC, a father and his son, were able to self-extricate from their vehicle and did not sustain any injuries. Dungan, the driver of the Camaro, required extrication from his vehicle and was flown to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital for life-threatening injuries. 

The cause of the collision is under investigation.

Triple fatal collision on Highway 154 (Photo: Mike Eliason)

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kburns1124 Oct 29, 2019 02:41 PM
Solvang Woman Identified in Triple Fatal Collision

why did they let him out? https://www.independent.com/2019/10/29/driver-in-fatal-154-crash-was-a-ticking-time-bomb/?fbclid=IwAR1M6_qubeU3_q7FuZlJlydrP5RIzzoe_MlofYyMNC9oSUmo8JAsGfDopT4

a-1573805090 Oct 29, 2019 08:10 AM
Solvang Woman Identified in Triple Fatal Collision

Driving to SY on my commute last night I counted 300 cars going towards SB on HWY 154. So then maybe 600 cars on the pass at the same time in a 45-65 minute block and one CHP.

rwelsh Oct 28, 2019 03:25 PM
Solvang Woman Identified in Triple Fatal Collision

A Volt, electric, right? Can anyone comment as to whether having a large battery in a car causes fire on impact to be more, or less, dangerous, fast spreading, explosive or whatever?

a-1573805090 Oct 28, 2019 02:18 PM
Solvang Woman Identified in Triple Fatal Collision

They need to use some high tech traffic/speed enforcement on 154. There are systems used all over the world that monitor speed and take a photo of the car license plate and driver and mail you a ticket. If it helps to slow down crazy drivers, then I'm for it. God bless the family of these victims.

a-1573805090 Oct 28, 2019 10:52 AM
Solvang Woman Identified in Triple Fatal Collision

@10:38 - "The identities of the children have yet to be released, according to Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office." THAT is the reason to withhold the names.

a-1573805090 Oct 27, 2019 09:47 PM
Solvang Woman Identified in Triple Fatal Collision

Yesterday I told my 85-year-old pal about this accident and I said, "Yeah. Everyone's saying how 154 is such a death trap and something has to be done." He replied, "They've been saying that for 20 years."

a-1573805090 Oct 28, 2019 10:34 AM
Solvang Woman Identified in Triple Fatal Collision

In addition to lower speed limit, could they also have hourly patrols up and down the 154 for enforcement? Constant CHP presence plus triple fines for speeding/reckless driving might slow some folks down.

a-1573805090 Oct 28, 2019 10:08 AM
Solvang Woman Identified in Triple Fatal Collision

I’ve sent the letter in to edhat and hope they’ll be able to post it today. Did my best to strike while the iron was hot and hope that we will have many commenters in support of our local government doing something about this.

a-1573805090 Oct 27, 2019 10:07 PM
Solvang Woman Identified in Triple Fatal Collision

Exactly! I’m hoping to have an open letter to the Supervisors to post on edhat tomorrow requesting immediate decrease in speed limit to 45mph even if temporary and also increased enforcement

a-1573805090 Oct 28, 2019 10:09 AM
Solvang Woman Identified in Triple Fatal Collision

312- surely you must know the distinction between various definitions of stalking. I assume the criminal version of stalking is what was referenced above.

a-1573805090 Oct 27, 2019 08:52 PM
Solvang Woman Identified in Triple Fatal Collision

A lot of commenters on the first thread re: the accident seem to think Dungan was coming FROM the Casino. He was headed West------that means he was en route TO the Casino.

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