An 18-year-old Santa Barbara woman was arrested Saturday for driving under the influence after she crashed into two vehicles, fled the scene and, shortly thereafter, flipped her own vehicle.
Nancy Moreno was traveling westbound on Calle Real at approximately 1:10 a.m. when she approached two cars stopped at Hollister Avenue, the California Highway Patrol said. Moreno – who was driving a Jeep Grand Cherokee – struck a Nissan pickup truck, which was then pushed into the second vehicle, a Ford Focus.
“Moreno was determined to be driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage and, as a result, failed to safely react to the stopped vehicles ahead of her at the stop sign,” the CHP report stated.
After being hit by Moreno’s Jeep, the driver of the Nissan truck – a 21-year-old Santa Maria man – got out of his vehicle, but Moreno then allegedly drove around the two vehicles. She proceeded to turn left onto Hollister Avenue and enter the southbound U.S. Highway 101 onramp at Winchester Avenue. It was there that Moreno crashed into a guardrail and flipped her vehicle.
“While still on the onramp, Moreno lost control of her vehicle, struck the guardrail bordering the ramp and overturned, coming to a rest on its roof,” the report said.
Moreno had four passengers in her car, all of whom were 20 or younger. One passenger – a minor whose age was not released – was moderately injured, having sustained fractures to his left arm, neck and both shoulder blades. Moreno suffered injuries to her back, elbow and neck.
The other three passengers sustained minor injuries that included neck pain and bruises.
According to the CHP, only one person in the Jeep had their seatbelt fastened.
The driver of the truck had minor chest pain, but declined medical attention. The other driver was uninjured. Both had their seatbelts fastened.
Moreno was arrested on possible felony DUI and hit-and-run charges, but was later released to hospital staff. According to the report, the CHP has recommended to the district attorney that felony charges be waged against Moreno.