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Man pleads guilty to murder charges for traffic collision which killed two in Santa Barbara County

Bill Oxford
A Santa Barbara County man is expected to get a 21-years-to-life sentence for a DUI traffic collision which killed two people, and seriously injured two others.

Prosecutors say he was under the influence, and driving at more than 100 miles an hour when he ran red light, and broadsided an SUV.

Santa Barbara County prosecutors say a man was drunk, and driving at more than 100 miles an hour when he broadsided an SUV, killing two people and seriously injuring two others.

Now, Javier Cortes has pled guilty to murder, and great bodily injury while under the influence charges in connection with the March, 2019 collision.

Investigators say Cortes had too much to drink at a party. They say he was speeding through Santa Maria at 3 a.m. in the when he ran a red light on Donavan Road, and smashed into the SUV.

It’s expected he’ll get a 21-years-to-life sentence when sentencing takes place next month.

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.