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Motorcyclist who sped away from Foothill Road fatal crash is under arrest

By David M. Johnson, NewsChannel 3 Producer , david.johnson@keyt.com
Published On: Mar 11 2013 11:47:09 AM CDT
Updated On: Mar 03 2013 09:41:40 PM CST

The man who crashed his motorcycle into an S-U-V in Santa Barbara has died from his injuries. Now police have identified and arrested the third motorcyclist who sped away...22-yearold Francisco Alejandro Rodriguez of Santa Barbara. Police say the suspect is facing numerous criminal charges including vehicular homicide and hit and run.

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -

The man who crashed his motorcycle into an S-U-V in Santa Barbara has died from his injuries. Now police have identified and arrested the third motorcyclist who sped away, 22-year-old Francisco Alejandro Rodriguez of Santa Barbara. Police say the suspect is facing numerous criminal charges including vehicular homicide and hit and run. 

The crash happened Saturday afternoon. Police say two motorcycles and a car were involved in an accident in the 2300 block on Foothill Road.  Police say one of the motorcycles hit the S-U-V and went off a cliff.  That rider was transported to Cottage Hospital in critical condition and later died from his injuries. He has not been identified.

The second motorcycle driver tried to avoid the collision, but skidded off the road. He suffered moderate injuries and as of yet has not been identified.

Police arrested the third motorcyclist who they say took off moments after the crash. Police say he's behind bars accused of vehicular manslaughter, and felony hit and run.

Witnesses at the Santa Barbara Tennis Club say the motorcycle riders were driving at a high rate of speed just moments before the accident. Police say after interviewing the witnesses, they determined all three men were racing their motorcycles.

Authorities say the 192 between Tunnel Road and Mountain Drive is back open after being shut down for several hours during the investigation. 

Anyone with information is urged to call the Santa Barbara Police Department at 805.897.2355 or the Traffic Investigator at 805.897.3719.

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