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DEATH ON THE 154:


Authorities are investigating the role that alcohol may or may not have played last weekend in a fatal car crash on Highway 154. Though toxicology tests are pending, 22-year-old UCSB graduate Jessica Binkerd was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving this week and faces the possibility of vehicular manslaughter charges after her Ford Focus — while traveling south on the 154 around 2 a.m. Sunday morning — swerved into oncoming traffic with tragic results. Binkerd broke her femur, while her passenger — 25-year-old Alexander Baer — was pronounced dead on the scene from massive internal injuries after their vehicle collided head-on with a Lexus driven by 19-year-old Sara Maynez. Though Maynez escaped with only minor injuries, her English bulldog, Corona, also perished in the accident.

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