The two women killed in Sunday’s alleged drunk-driving accident in Montecito were identified as Sara Elizabeth Pezzimenti and Kelly Marie Ruiz.
According to a press release from the California Highway Patrol, the Santa Barbara Coroner’s Dept. confirmed yesterday morning that the families of both women were notified of their deaths. Pezzimenti, 21, was a resident of Palo Alto, and Ruiz, 26, was a resident of Santa Clara.
Beau Robertson, also of Palo Alto, was the driver of the Chevrolet Camaro that plunged off the San Ysidro overpass onto southbound Highway 101 at approximately 2:15 a.m. Sunday. The vehicle landed on its right side, where Pezzimenti and Ruiz were seated. Both women were pronounced dead at the scene.
At the time of the incident, authorities alleged that Robertson was driving under the influence of alcohol. The cause of the crash was attributed to driving while intoxicated.
Robertson, 29, was transported to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital after the crash with life-threatening injuries. According to the press release, Robertson remains in the intensive care unit but he is in stable condition and his injuries are no longer considered life threatening.
When Robertson is released from the hospital, he faces two felony counts for alleged driving under the influence and gross vehicular manslaughter.
Immediately after the Camaro landed on Highway 101, a Honda carrying a family of five hit the vehicle. At the time of the incident, the driver of the Honda, 33-year-old Marina De Alfaro Duarte of Ventura, was transported to Cottage Hospital with minor injuries. Her 11-year-old daughter, Yurithzy Alfaro, and 8-year-old nephew, Pilar Gomez, were also taken to the hospital for complaints of pain. Her 34-year-old husband, Enrique Alfaro, and 14-year-old son, Daniel Alfaro, suffered from minor cuts and were released to a relative at the scene.