CHP officials believe driver involved in fatal Highway 154 crash intentionally hit oncoming car

Bail for Dungan has been revoked
Posted at 10:52 PM, Nov 07, 2019

Santa Barabara CHP has revoked bail for John Dungan, who was recently arrested for his involvement in a triple fatal crash on Highway 154.

According to authorities, Dungan intentionally drove his car into oncoming traffic on October 25 which resulted in the deaths of Rebecca Vanessa Goss Bley, 34, and her two children.

“Based upon the evidence we have gathered thus far, we believe that Mr. Dungan intentionally drove his vehicle into the opposing lane of traffic directly at the vehicle carrying Vanessa and her children,” said Capt. Cindy Pontes of the Santa Barbara area CHP.

The Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office filed three counts of murder against Dungan on Wednesday.

“This intentional act caused the deaths of three innocent people," added Pontes.

Lowri Mcgill knew Bley through a community mom group and says she is still in disbelief.

“As a mother and as a part of that group, it just hurts even if she wasn’t close with me. I can feel that pain, like I can’t imagine losing my family, losing my kids. Something needs to be done" said Mcgill.

Mcgill started a petition shortly after the crash asking that road traffic speed monitors be placed along the entire stretch of Highway 154.

“I drive that rode with my three children and one of them is a baby just like Vanessa’s baby, so it’s really personal. It hits close to home," added Mcgill.

This is still an ongoing investigation. If you have any information on this case, you can contact CHP at 805-967-1234.