Teen pleads innocent to running down pedestrians

The Associated Press
Wednesday March 07, 2001


SANTA BARBARA — A university freshman pleaded innocent Tuesday to murder charges for allegedly running down five pedestrians with his car in Isla Vista, killing four people. 

David Attias, 18, of Santa Monica stood without comment in an orange jailhouse jumpsuit as defense attorney Bob Sanger entered the pleas on his behalf to all 11 felony counts, including four counts of murder. 

A hearing was set for March 26. 

Attias was charged with running over five pedestrians on Feb. 23 in Isla Vista, the student community next to the University of California, Santa Barbara. 

His father, television director  

Daniel Attias, and his mother attended  

Tuesday’s arraignment. 

Amateur videotape showed the younger Attias, a UCSB freshman, flailing wildly as other students in the Isla Vista neighborhood tried to subdue him after he allegedly ran down and killed the pedestrians. 

Sheriff’s Lt. Mike Burridge said Tuesday that drug and alcohol testing ordered by the California Highway Patrol was still incomplete. 

Killed were Nicholas Shaw Bourdakis and Christopher Edward Divis, both 20 and UCSB students; Ruth Dasha Golda Levy, 20, a Santa Barbara City College student; and Elie Israel, 27, of San Francisco. 

Levy’s brother, Albert Arthur Levy, 27, was in serious condition Tuesday at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, spokeswoman Cathy Walker said.