A 20-year-old Santa Barbara woman was killed in a late-night crash Thursday involving three college students on Highway 101 near Santa Margarita, according to a CHP news release.
At 11:30 p.m., Molly Armanino, 19, of Santa Cruz was driving two friends in a 2003 Mazda Protege from Santa Cruz to Santa Barbara on southbound Highway 101 for a weekend music festival, authorities said.
For unknown reasons, just north of Highway 58, Armanino made “a turning movement that caused her to lose control of the Mazda.” The car hit the beginning of a bridge guardrail, rolled and came to rest on its right side down a dirt service road, according to the news release.
Her front-seat passenger suffered fatal injuries while backseat passenger Aida A. Pour Khalhali, 19, of Reseda left the vehicle and climbed to the road to signal help from passing motorists.
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Alcohol was ruled out as a cause, authorities said.
The friends were all enrolled at a Santa Cruz area university or junior college, authorities said.
The Santa Barbara woman’s name is being withheld until authorities notify her family.
No other details were release. An investigation is currently underway.