According to a Highway Patrol incident report, a Goleta resident died after being ejected from the backseat of a Volkswagen Jetta that was flipped multiple times. Rosario Silvestre died as a result of the crash.
The Police then arrested Fabian Maduena, a 21-year-old of Hollister, California, for allegedly driving under the influence and fleeing the scene of the crash, among other violations.
The accident occurred at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, according to California Highway Officials. Emergency crews arrived shortly after the crash occurred where reports detailed the white Mercedes driving erratically at a high rate of speed.
Moments before the collision, the Mercedes approached the Fairview Avenue undercrossing heading southbound, authorities said it neared the Volkswagen, which was traveling in the center lane at approximately 65 miles per hour.
“The white Mercedes approached the Volkswagen from behind at a high rate of speed, and it was reported to be unable to maintain its designated traffic lane,” according to the incident report. “The right front corner of the Mercedes struck the left rear corner of the Volkswagen, causing the driver of the Volkswagen to lose control.”
The Volkswagen, driven by 27-year-old Macario Martinez, of Goleta, left the roadway and hit an asphalt berm, causing the vehicle to flip many times before coming to a rest.
Silvestre was not wearing a seatbelt at the time and was flung from the vehicle, sustaining severe injuries to her body. Medics took her to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, where she died due to blunt force trauma.
Martinez and his 17-year-old passenger suffered moderate injuries and received treatment at Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital. Authorities claim both were wearing their seatbelts.
Meanwhile, Maduena allegedly fled the scene of the collision and CHP officers began searching for his vehicle. They found the Mercedes pulled off on the right shoulder of the highway several miles from the scene.
Authorities arrested the 21-year-old Maduena for felony DUI, felony hit-and-run, and felony vehicular manslaughter. Maduena was also driving without a license or insurance.
Update to this story, 21 year old Maduena sentenced to 21 years in prison. For more on his sentencing, click here.