Rebecca Sandoval has been charged with murder and vehicular manslaughter while under the influence of drugs after a deadly collision on Highway 246 near the Chumash Casino around 2 p.m. on 12/19. The three-car crash killed 68-year-old Buellton resident Linda Wall. According to the Buellton California Highway Patrol, Sandoval, 37, was traveling eastbound at an “unsafe speed” on the highway near Cuesta Road when she slammed her Jeep Wrangler into the back of Wall’s Toyota Highlander, which had slowed for a red light. A Santa Barbara native, Wall recently retired from 38 years of teaching. Several hundred people attended her funeral at Old Mission Santa Inés last weekend. Sandoval is currently booked in County Jail on $1.13 million bail.
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This story has been updated to reflect that Sandoval has been charged with murder, not vehicular manslaughter.