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One dead in DUI-related two-vehicle crash on Highway 101 Sunday

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – A traffic accident between two vehicles southbound on Highway 101 on Sunday resulted in multiple injuries including the death of one person.

The victim has been identified as Louis Hernandez Jr. of Santa Paula detail Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office.

According to California Highway Patrol (CHP), this crash is DUI related and the 22-year-old driver was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail on suspicion of felony DUI and vehicular manslaughter.

Around 3:12 a.m. on Sunday, CHP dispatch received the call for a traffic crash north of Olive Mill Road on the southbound side of Highway 101 which resulted in a single lane closure until around 9 a.m. the same morning detail CHP.

CHP details that the 77-year-old Hernandez Jr. in the 2002 Mercury Mountaineer sustained fatal injuries when they were ejected from the vehicle.

The 67-year-old occupant also in the Mountaineer sustained moderate injuries including head and internal trauma. They were extricated from the vehicle and transported for their injuries to Cottage Hospital.

The identity of the deceased is being withheld pending notification of their next of kin. CHP details only that both occupants of the Mountaineer are residents of Santa Paula in their Collision Report.

The three occupants of the 2019 Toyota Camry involved reported minor injuries and required no medical transport report CHP.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact CHP Santa Barbara Area at 805-967-1234.

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