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No plea entered in deadly Hwy 154 crash case

John Roderick Dungan has been charged with three counts of murder
Posted: 4:29 PM, Nov 08, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-08 19:35:58-05
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The Santa Barbara man charged with murder in connection with a crash on Highway 154 last month that killed a mother and her two young children made his first court appearance Friday in connection with the case but did not enter a plea.

Friday's arraignment came two days after the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office charged John Roderick Dungan with three counts of murder.

During a press conference Thursday, the California Highway Patrol said it's believed the 28-year-old intentionally drove his car into oncoming traffic the afternoon of Oct. 25, crashing head-on into another vehicle near Cold Spring Bridge.

Rebecca Vanessa Goss Bley, 34, and her two children, Lucienne Bley Gleason, 2, and Desmond Bley Gleason, 4 months, were pronounced dead at the scene of the fiery crash.

Dungan was hospitalized with what CHP described as critical injuries but was booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail earlier this week and is being held without bail.

A review hearing is scheduled for Nov. 15 and his continued arraignment was scheduled for Nov. 20.