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Man pleads guilty to charges from 2022 traffic collision which killed two Santa Barbara County women

Bill Oxford

Prosecutors say driver was under the influence of marijuana. He's expected to get 12 year prison sentence.

Prosecutors say a Santa Barbara County man pled guilty to two counts of vehicular manslaughter for a DUI collision which killed two young women.

Kyle Nelson was headed southbound on Highway 1 near the 101 interchange when he tried to pass some slower vehicles. He veered into oncoming traffic, causing a head-on collision.

Two 19-year-old women in the other car were killed.

Investigators say the 32-year-old man was under the influence of marijuana at the time. Sentencing is set for April. Because of his guilty pleas, it’s expected the Lompoc man will receive a 12 year state prison sentence.

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.