New Cuyama man faces vehicular manslaughter charges

NEW CUYAMA, Calif. - A New Cuyama resident is behind bars after allegedly killing another man with a car on July 25 shortly before 11:30 p.m.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office said 33-year-old Doug Allen Lewis was arrested and charged with vehicular manslaughter. His bail was set at $50,000 dollars.

On July 25, Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to the 5000 block of Highway 166 after receiving reports of a person down on the side of the roadway. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. He was identified as Travis John Studer, 41, of New Cuyama.

Investigators determined Studer had been hit by a car after an apparent argument that likely took place in the immediate area.

Detectives quickly identified Lewis as the suspect in this case and promptly arrested him and booked at Santa Barbara County Jail.

No further details were immediately known.

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