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.
- Stay at the scene and don’t panic.
- Check for injuries and immediately call for an ambulance if anyone is hurt.
- 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.
- 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.
- Gather information about the other drivers involved in the accident. Also, talk to witnesses and get their information.
- If possible, take photos of the damage to your car and the surrounding area.
- Do not admit fault or discuss the accident with anyone. Do not sign any papers unless requested by the police.
- Do not leave the accident scene until the police have left.
After leaving the accident scene,
- Contact your insurance company as soon as possible.
- Get a copy of the accident report from the police.
- Get a property damage valuation.
- If you were injured in the accident, keep detailed notes of your injuries and track your medical treatment.
- Contact a reputable personal injury attorney to protect your rights.
- 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.