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Suspect in deadly Hwy 154 crash case pleads not guilty

Three people in the vehicle he reportedly hit were killed
Posted at 1:07 PM, Nov 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-20 21:31:06-05

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 was back in court Wednesday where he entered a plea of not guilty.

The Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office charged John Roderick Dungan with three counts of murder earlier this month.

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 he was booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail a short time later and is being held without bail.

Dungan is due back in court Jan 31.