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Man Arrested in Pedestrian Deaths

February 24, 2001

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) _ A drunken driver killed four people walking the streets of a small college town, police said.

David Edward Attias, an 18-year-old student at the University of California, Santa Barbara, was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and felony drunken driving.

The pedestrians were struck late Friday night in Isla Vista, an oceanside hamlet near the university. The popular party spot is usually packed with students on weekend nights.

Attias was going at least twice the 25 mph speed limit and hit nine parked cars before running over the pedestrians, California Highway Patrol Officer Mike Muell said.

``It went out of control from there and got ugly,″ Muell said.

Three males and one female were pronounced dead at the scene. Their names were withheld pending notification of relatives, but one victim was described as a 20-year-old UCSB student and another as a 27-year-old visitor from San Francisco.

A 27-year-old San Francisco man was hospitalized in serious condition, Muell said.

Attias suffered minor cuts and scratches, Muell said.

Police at the Santa Barbara County Jail said Attias could not take a phone call from The Associated Press for comment.

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