Hit-and-run driver kills two pedestrians in Goleta


Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a man on Sunday night who allegedly struck and killed two pedestrians while driving intoxicated in Goleta. Following the crash, the suspect fled the scene.

Sheriff’s officials have identified the victims as Mary Jane Becerra Corral and Adolfo Corral. Both victims were 44-year-old residents of Goleta.

Shortly after 5 p.m., callers reported the hit-and-run crash near the intersection of Cathedral Oaks and Winchester Canyon roads. Deputies arrived at the scene and found one of the pedestrians, Adolfo Corral, had already died, according to the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office. 

Deputies began performing life-saving measures on Mary Jane Corral. Shortly later, medics arrived and took over care of her. 

An ambulance transported Mary Jane Corral to the hospital, where she was later pronounced dead.

With help from two K-9 units, deputies searched the area for the suspect, 39-year-old Eric Mauricio Ramirez Aguilar of Goleta. At 8:30 p.m., deputies located Aguilar in Carpinteria.

At the time,  Aguilar was a passenger in a vehicle.

Investigators determined the individual driving the vehicle had no involvement with the hit-and-run. Deputies released the driver at the scene of the traffic stop and arrested Aguilar.

Authorities booked Aguilar into Santa Barbara County Jail. An investigation into the crash is ongoing.