Judge Rules There is Enough Evidence for Man to Stand Trial for Fatal Car Surfing Incident in Montecito
A judge has ruled there is sufficient evidence for a Santa Barbara man to stand trial for a fatal car surfing incident in Montecito. 28 year old Lanie Tyrone Richardson, who has a history of DUI offenses is facing second degree murder and several other felony charges in connection with the incident on June 6th. Prosecutors allege that he was under the influence and behind the wheel of an SUV while 26 year old Allison Meadows, a Paso Robles High School graduate, and her friend, 25 year old Lindsay Keebler were riding on the hood on East Valley Road while the vehicle was traveling between 70 and 90 miles per hour. At one point, both women were ejected and Meadows suffered major head injuries and died while Keebler was also seriously injured. Richardson took both women to the hospital and he was eventually arrested. Richardson faces 15 years to life in prison if convicted. He is expected back in court on September 20th.