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5 People Seriously Injured in Crash on Milpas Street in Santa Barbara

Driver facing felony DUI charges after single-vehicle accident at the roundabout near Highway 101

Emergency personnel at scene of major injury accident in Santa Barbara. Click to view larger
Five people were seriously injured late Sunday night in a vehicle collision at the Milpas Street roundabout near Highway 101 in Santa Barbara. (Ryan Cullom / Noozhawk photo)

Five people were seriously injured late Sunday night in a single-vehicle accident on Milpas Street in Santa Barbara, according to the Santa Barbara City Fire Department.

The crash, which police believe involved an intoxicated driver, occurred at about 11:35 p.m. at the Milpas Street roundabout near Highway 101.

A Kia Sephia sedan was southbound on Milpas at a high rate of speed when it slammed into the roundabout and sustained major front-end damage, said fire Battalion Chief Robert Mercado.

Investigation revealed that the crash was preceeded by a hit-and-run traffic accident, said Santa Barbara Police Sgt. Andrew Hill.

"The victim vehicle was trying to follow the suspect vehicle, which apparently was trying to get away when the crash occurred," Hill said.

Three people suffered major injuries, and two others had moderate injuries, Mercado said.

Three AMR ambulances responded to the scene, and the injured were all taken to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

The driver of the Kia — Joseph David Hernandez, 23, of Oxnard — was expected to be arrested on suspicion of felony DUI with injury, police said, but was still being treated at the hospital Monday morning.

Hernandez already was on probation for a DUI conviction, according to police spokesman Anthony Wagner, and also faces charges of felony hit-and-run, possession of methamphetamine, driving with a suspended license and violating the terms of his probation.

He was expected to be booked into Santa Barbara County Jail, with bail set at $100,000, Wagner said.

The names and details on the conditions of the others injured were not available, but Hill said they were all expected to survive.

Two of the victims had to be extricated from the wreckage, which took about 10 minutes, according to Mercado.

Milpas Street was shut down in the area after the crash, and remained closed for at least two hours.

The Santa Barbara Police Department was investigating the crash.

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Wreck vehicle at Milpas roundabout. Click to view larger
Five people were seriously injured late Sunday night when a sedan slammed into the wall of the Milpas Street roundabout in Santa Barbara. (Ryan Cullom / Noozhawk photo)

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