Cole DeBortoli Killed in DUI Car Crash on Highway 154 in Santa Barbara

Cole DeBortoli Killed, 3 Injured in Santa Barbara Car Accident on Highway154 near Painted Cave Road


Santa Barbara, California – 21-year-old Cole DeBortoli has been identified as the man who was killed in a suspected DUI crash that happened on Thursday evening in the mountains above Santa Barbara.

The California Highway Patrol said the accident happened on Highway 154 about a mile downhill from Painted Cave Road, at around 6 p.m. April 9.

A Mazda 3 sedan driven by was traveling eastbound on the highway when the driver drifted into the westbound lane and into the path of a Toyota 4-Runner SUV driven by Mitchell Summer, 59, of Long Beach.

The Toyota crashed into the passenger side of the Mazda.

DeBortoli, who was sitting in the front passenger’s seat of the Mazda, suffered major injuries in the crash and was taken to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

22-year-old Brian Watana Dul, of Goleta, who was driving the Mazda sustained moderate injuries and was hospitalized.

52-year-old Kelly Summer, of Long Beach, who was a passenger in the Toyota, suffered minor injuries in the accident.

All patients were taken to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital for treatment.

Summer suffered minor injuries in the crash and was treated at the scene and released

Dul was arrested for driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter.

The CHP is investigating the crash. Anyone with information regarding the accident is asked to call detectives at 805 9671234.

What to Do At the Accident Scene

Nobody is ever prepared for an accident. However, knowing what to do in case you are involved in the accident is very crucial. The following steps will help you ensure your safety and the safety of others.

  1. Stay at the scene and don’t panic.
  1. Check for injuries and immediately call for an ambulance if anyone is hurt.
  2. Notify the police even if no one is injured. The police will examine the scene and document the accident. At this point, it is important to record accurate information. You can later request a police report.
  3. If the accident is minor, it is advisable to move the vehicles to the shoulder and turn on your vehicle’s hazard lights to ensure the safety of other motorists.
  4. Gather information about the other drivers involved in the accident. Also, talk to witnesses and get their information.
  5. If possible, take photos of the damage to your car and the surrounding area.
  6. Do not admit fault or discuss the accident with anyone. Do not sign any papers unless requested by the police.
  7. Do not leave the accident scene until the police have left.

After leaving the accident scene,

  1. Contact your insurance company as soon as possible.
  2. Get a copy of the accident report from the police.
  3. Get a property damage valuation.
  4. If you were injured in the accident, keep detailed notes of your injuries and track your medical treatment.
  5. Contact a reputable personal injury attorney to protect your rights.
  1. Seek legal advice before you contact your insurer to discuss your car accident claim and compensation for your personal injuries. A qualified attorney will help you recover the maximum amount of damages.

Wrongful death and personal injury attorney Arin Khodaverdian, President and Managing Partner of Alpine Law Group, urges accidents victims and their families to immediately seek legal assistance. “Those who are affected by tragedy have rights, but they must act quickly in order to preserve those rights to the full extent of the law. Often, swift action by an experienced attorney is imperative in order to preserve evidence, interview witnesses and immediately begin pursuing any and all responsible parties.”

While Mr. Khodaverdian does not represent any of the parties involved in this incident, he has recovered over $100 million for thousands of injury victims and their families. “In one case, we were able to recover a 7-figure settlement within 11 business days of being hired by the family of a victim killed by a negligent driver. While this result is atypical and does not predict future outcomes, justice in this case help bring about closure and a swift sense of justice for the family.”

Mr. Khodaverdian is personally available for free consultations 24/7 by calling 800-984-4123.