Eric Mauricio Ramirez Aguilar was arrested late Sunday night after his vehicle allegedly struck and killed two Goleta educators — Mary Jane and Adolfo Corral — in West Goleta.
Mr. Aguilar was detained after an hourslong manhunt, with law enforcement tracking him down after he fled the scene at the corner of Cathedral Oaks Road and Windsor Drive.
He has been booked into Santa Barbara County Jail with a bail of $100,000, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office.
According to the Sheriff’s Office, deputies initially searched the incident area, including two K9 units responding. At 8:30 p.m., Mr. Aguilar was located as a passenger in a vehicle in Carpinteria. The driver was determined to not be involved with the hit-and-run and released at the scene.
Mr. Aguilar faces the following charges:
- 2 counts of Gross Vehicular Manslaughter While Intoxicated (felony)
- 1 count of DUI Causing Injury (felony)
- 1 count of Hit and Run Causing Death/Injury (felony)
- 1 count of Flee the Scene of a Crime After Commission of Vehicular Manslaughter (felony)
- 1 count of Enhancement for Bodily Injury or Death of More Than One Victim While DUI (felony)
- 1 count of DUI Alcohol (misdemeanor)
Santa Barbara County Fire Department spokesman Capt. Daniel Bertucelli said fire crews responded to reports of a vehicle that allegedly struck two pedestrians at Cathedral Oaks Road and Windsor Drive around 5:20 p.m. Sunday evening.
Capt. Bertucelli said one pedestrian died at the scene and paramedics transported the second to an area hospital by ambulance. Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Raquel Zick confirmed the second pedestrian died of their injuries by late Sunday.