Two years after a deadly vehicle crash on Cathedral Oaks Road in Goleta, the man accused of driving under the influence and causing the deaths has a trial confirmation hearing set in Santa Barbara County Superior Court.
Andrew Raymond Burgher, 33, of Santa Barbara was the driver of a 2016 4-Runner that slammed into the back of a 2002 Ford Mustang on Cathedral Oaks Road, pushing the Mustang into parked cars along the road, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The two people in the Mustang were killed in the Oct. 26, 2021, crash: 40-year-old Gilberto Arteaga-Gutierrez of Santa Barbara and 45-year-old Silvia Velasco of Lompoc.
Burgher was arrested and charged with murder, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, and driving under the influence causing injury. He was held to answer the charges after a preliminary hearing last year.
In February, he pleaded not guilty to the charges and enhancement allegations that include having misdemeanor driving under the influence convictions in 2010 and 2012.
The case has an Oct. 18 trial confirmation hearing set in Santa Barbara County Superior Court. The trial is estimated to take six weeks, according to the court.
Deputy Public Defender Mark Saatjian is representing Burgher in the case, and prosecutors include Michelle Mossembekker and Stephen Wagner from the District Attorney’s Office.