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Man convicted of murder for Santa Barbara County traffic collision which killed mother, two children

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A jury has convicted a Santa Barbara County man of second-degree murder for a head-on collision which killed a mother, and her two children.

Prosecutors had sought three firest-degree murder convictions, but jury decided on second degree convictions.

A Santa Barbara County jury has convicted a man of three counts of second-degree murder for a head-on traffic collision which killed a mother, and her two children.

Prosecutors had sought a first-degree murder conviction for John Dungan. They say his car was traveling at more than 100 miles an hour when he crossed the center line of Highway 154 near Cold Spring Road, and smashed into an oncoming car.

Rebecca Bley, her two-year-old daughter and four-month-old son all died in the October, 2019 crash.

Prosecutors contended Dungan had been suicidal, and that the crash was intentional. His attorney argued that the crash was a tragic accident. The Santa Barbara man will now face a sentencing hearing in September.

Lance Orozco has been News Director of KCLU since 2001, providing award-winning coverage of some of the biggest news events in the region, including the Thomas and Woolsey brush fires, the deadly Montecito debris flow, the Borderline Bar and Grill attack, and Ronald Reagan's funeral.