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One Dead, One Badly Injured After Weekend Wrecks

Five Santa Barbarans Involved in Fatal and Near-Fatal Collisions


California Highway Patrol officers discovered two car collisions on Sunday night and early Monday morning, one of them fatal.

The first occurred at 8 p.m. yesterday when three 22-year-old Santa Barbarans were returning from Little Caliente Hot Springs on East Camino Cielo Road. The right front passenger, Kyle Martinez, was allegedly taking photographs while sitting unrestrained on the frame of the right window when driver Michael Donahue veered off the roadway, into an embankment, and flipped the vehicle onto its right side. That pinned Martinez under the vehicle and caused major injuries, requiring a helicopter lift to Cottage Hospital. Donahue and the rear passenger received minor injuries, and Donahue was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.

The second accident happened at approximately 1:40 a.m. Monday morning when Dylan Corselius Willson was killed after driving his Honda CRV off the right side of southbound Highway 101 and hitting a tree. Willson and a passenger, both 22 years old, were returning home from Isla Vista and were just north of Las Positas Road at the time of the accident. The passenger received minor injuries, but Willson, after being extracted from the vehicle and transported to Cottage Hospital, died from major injuries.

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