Teen Arrested for DUI and Vehicle Theft in Mesa Collision

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Sofia Nichole Koch (Photo: Santa Barbara Police Department)

By edhat staff

A Santa Barbara teenager has been arrested for DUI, vehicle theft, and other crimes from a vehicle collision on the Mesa earlier this month.

Sofia Nichole Koch, a 19-year-old nanny, turned herself in to the Santa Barbara Police Department accompanied by her attorney on Wednesday. 

Initial reports state Koch allegedly took a vehicle from a gathering on May 7. Around 1:00 a.m., Santa Barbara Police responded to a collision in the 1500 Block of Cliff Drive that involved a serious injury from a moving vehicle colliding with two parked cars.

A 2020 Range Rover was traveling east on Cliff Drive at a very high rate of speed when it clipped a parked Volvo wagon then careened into a parked Scion sedan.

The velocity of the Range Rover caused the Scion to be hurled 160 feet down the road from where it was parked. The Range Rover then rolled, struck several trees and a concrete retaining wall.  The Range Rover's roof separated from the vehicle completely and was ejected down the road. The debris field spanned over 1,300 feet.

Scenes from the May 7 collision (Photo: Santa Barbara Police Department)

Koch, the driver, and her female passenger, 20-year-old Maesyn Fitzgibbons of Santa Barbara, were extricated from the Land Rover by first responders. Both sustained major injuries. They were transported by ambulance to Cottage Hospital.

Fitzgibbons sustained severe injuries including a broken sacrum, multiple breaks in the pelvis, and amputation of her left leg from the shin down. She's recovering at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

A GoFund Me fundraising account has been created to raise money for Fitzgibbon's medical expenses.

Koch has been officially charged with driving under the influence and causing great bodily injury as well as excessive speed, vehicle theft/joyriding, driving without a license, and refusing to take a blood-alcohol test. 

She remains in custody at the Santa Barbara Jail on $100,000 bail.

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a-1590204284 May 22, 2020 08:24 PM
Teen Arrested for DUI and Vehicle Theft in Mesa Collision

I’m not excusing what these girls did. I surely hoe they are punished enough to make them ever think of doing anything like this again. That being said, the wrath from the men on this website only illustrates the point that this town is full of creepers. Maybe these young women were running away from one in a purple ranger rover trying to take advantage of them...ever occur to you @ROGER? Again, I don’t know anything about them, or their families, and don’t know what situation they were in. I advise you to shut up and get some therapy for your incel tendencies.

Get over it May 22, 2020 09:01 PM
Teen Arrested for DUI and Vehicle Theft in Mesa Collision

Rodger, (who is also anonymous) You have multiple times led with her gender then followed by her race . We all get that she did something criminal. I for one feel sad that she made the choice. probably not a sober choice, to do what she did. She has to live with what she has done to her friend as well as the legal consequences. What exactly is your point?

Bird May 22, 2020 10:55 PM
Teen Arrested for DUI and Vehicle Theft in Mesa Collision

Very sad story; most of us at 19 have done something very stupid, getting into a car with a drunk friend driver, or being that drunk driver ourselves or something else that put ourselves at risk. I wish I had the money to contribute to her Go Fund Me.

a-1590247658 May 23, 2020 08:27 AM
Teen Arrested for DUI and Vehicle Theft in Mesa Collision

Because she is a underage Drinker, whoever provided her the alcohol/drugs may be liable too! So much unknown right now about how these young ladies came to be under the influence and whose car they took. When they say joyriding, it makes me think that the vehicle belonged to her parents or a family friend or a friend of theirs or maybe the family that she nanny for, I think the vehicle belongs to somebody that they know because it's not Grand Theft that she is being charged with according to the article. I hope it's this one goes to trial that we can learn the whole story eventually, it could very well be an interesting one.

Get over it May 24, 2020 08:06 PM
Teen Arrested for DUI and Vehicle Theft in Mesa Collision

Really? You want this to go to trial, so you can know the whole story? That's hundreds of thousands of dollars combined and a massive chunk of that is on us. Plead out, pay your restitution and do your time.

theone May 24, 2020 07:18 PM
Teen Arrested for DUI and Vehicle Theft in Mesa Collision

Ohhh these girls are definitely privileged. The driver turns her self in with her attorney present apposed to the US martials picking her up on a felony warrant. And the Fitzgibbons girl has over $86,000 in her go fund me account. Lol $86,00 crazy

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