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David Attias Faces Four Counts of Murder, Four Counts of Manslaughter



UCSB freshman David Attias will be arraigned today at Santa Barbara Superior Courthouse.

Attias is being charged with four counts of murder, four counts of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence and five counts of felony driving under the influence with injuries. Santa Barbara County District Attorney Pat McKinney will prosecute the case.

The 18-year-old allegedly killed four people on Friday night in Isla Vista, two 20-year-old UCSB students, Christopher Divis and Nicholas Bourdakis, a 20-year-old I.V. resident, Ruth Levy and a 27-year-old San Francisco resident, Elie Israel. A fifth victim, 27-year-old San Francisco resident Albert Levy, was critically injured and is currently in the intensive care unit of Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

The accident occurred on the 6500 block of Sabado Tarde Road at approximately 11 p.m. on Feb. 23. Attias was driving his 1991 Saab at approximately 50 to 60 mph when he struck nine parked cars and the five pedestrians. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s officers immediately arrested him upon arrival.

The arraignment is tentatively scheduled in courtroom eight at 8:30 a.m., but could be subject to change.

- Nexus Staff Report

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