Photo: Sheri Ann Craig
Santa Barbara County – A DUI driver caused a fatal crash at approximately 7:30 p.m. August 24th. The Buellton area CHP office reported the incident on State Highway 246. The crash killed one passenger and injured the other two occupants of a car. 51-year-old Port Heuneme resident 51-year-old Sheri Ann Craig drove the vehicle.
According to SBCSD Public Information Officer Kelly Hoover, “Daniel Davis died from his injuries. ” In contrast, responders took Oxnard resident George Martinez and Craig to a hospital where they received treatment for their injuries.
The ensuing investigation into the fatal crash led detectives to determine that Craig “was driving under the influence of Vicodin and methamphetamine” at the time of the accident. Then, “her car drifted into the median and flipped over multiple times.” It ultimately came to rest in oncoming lanes of traffic.
After her release from Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, authorities took Craig into custody. Then she went to Santa Barbara County Jail. Consequently she faces charges of felony driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs causing injury.
On August 27th the SBC District Attorney’s Office added special allegations of great bodily harm to multiple victims, and felony vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.
If convicted of those offenses, Craig will be prevented “from serving time in county jail.” Certainly this indicates a possible serious prison stretch for her. She remains in custody at Santa Barbara County Jail pending future court appearances, with her bail set at $100,000.
Photo: Courtesy Santa Barbara County Jail Booking