A car swerved into a group of bicyclists riding the shoulder of U.S. 101, killing one, cutting off the leg of another and causing minor injuries to a third Wednesday, authorities said.
Douglas Eugene Bishop, 56, of Buellton, was booked for investigation of vehicular manslaughter with alcohol involved, said California Highway Patrol Officer Tom Campbell.
The bicycle riders were believed to include members of a cycling club from nearby Goleta, west of Santa Barbara.
Five cyclists were riding south on the eight-foot-wide shoulder of the coast highway, when the car swerved into them. The car hit one rider, cutting off one of his legs just below the hip. It then struck and killed a second bicyclist. One other rider suffered minor injuries from flying debris, Campbell said.
The name of the dead cyclist was withheld.
Ken Foraker, 23, of Goleta was in critical condition because of the loss of his leg and internal injuries. Shari Rogers, 24, of Goleta received minor injuries. The other two cyclists in the group were not hit.
The cyclists were struck just south of this seaside town 15 miles northwest of Santa Barbara. The scenic route near Gaviota State Park and along the Santa Barbara Channel is popular with cyclists.