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Families Mourn Pedestrians Killed in California Car CrashAired February 27, 2001 - 1:12 p.m. ET
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LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: In California, Natalie, an arraignment has been pushed back until Tuesday for a teenager charged with running down five pedestrians near his college campus. David Attias appeared briefly in court today. He faces 13 felony counts, including murder.
The University of California-Santa Barbara is reeling. Last night, hundreds of folks returned to the spot for a candlelight memorial to the dead.
More now from reporter Daniel Garza (ph) of our affiliate KNTV.
DANIEL GARZA, KNTV REPORTER (voice-over): Twenty-year-old Nick Bourdakis was finally feeling good about his sophomore year at UC- Santa Barbara. Just hours before he was killed, he had spoken with his parents in Alamo.
LINDSEY BOURDAKIS, VICTIM'S SISTER: And he was really excited because he just got three As and a B on his midterm, and that was the best he'd done. And my dad said he was finally getting the hang of college. And he had just decided to major in geography.
GARZA: At Monte Vista High, class of 1998, he was on the swim and water polo teams, he was a licensed pilot and a trainer of guide dogs for the blind.
But his life was cut short Friday night while walking down a busy street in a college town. Witnesses told police 18-year-old Santa Barbara student David Edward Attias was speeding down the street as fast as 65 miles per hour, more than twice the speed limit. Attias allegedly sideswiped nine parked cars, killing Bourdakis and three other pedestrians. Another victim is in critical condition.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I heard somebody gun their accelerator, and I just look over my shoulder. And I just heard, boom, boom, boom as he hit the cars. And I looked and I basically just saw a cloud of smoke.
GARZA: Witnesses say the impact was so powerful it knocked some victims out of their socks and shoes. Others told police that, after the crash, Attias shouted that he was the angel of death. The Santa Barbara sheriff wants to see if Attias, who was driving drunk, meant to run over the pedestrians. Officers say he did not want to submit to a blood-alcohol test. MIKE MUELL, CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROL: And we were forced to take his blood from him after the tests, suspecting that there may be other than alcohol in his system.
GARZA: In the meantime, the Bourdakis family plans Nick's funeral as they remember a life so full of potential taken so suddenly.
LINDA PICKERING, MOTHER: Just, it's such a tragic loss. Anybody that ever has known Nick never has a bad thing to say about him. He was just a great kid.
WATERS: David Attias, the young man charged, is being held without bail.
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