SANTA BARBARA – Highway Patrol served a search warrant on the 3000 block of Richland Drive on Thursday for the investigation of the fatal accident that killed a 26-year-old woman last Wednesday.
Lanie Tyrone Richardson is charged with second degree murder in the death of Allison Meadows. Richardson was originally called a Good Samaritan for driving Meadows and 25-year-old Lindsay Keebler to the hospital after a reported hit-and-run. Two days later, Richardson was arrested.
The Highway Patrol confirmed officers were on Richland Drive to serve a search warrant at an apartment but would not say whose residence they searched. According to the citation written for Richardson's arrest on Friday, June 8, his residence is on the east side of Santa Barbara.
CHP would not say if any other agencies were involved in the raid, but the Santa Barbara Police Department spokesperson said police officers were not there.
A neighbor in the area where the search warrant was served told your Central Coast News that law enforcement arrived on Thursday around 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. and left two hours later. The man said officers were interested in a vehicle parked on the street but could not recall the make or model.
The vehicle involved in the accident is a white 2006 Toyota 4Runner registered to Tyra Cervantes Cobbs. Cobbs was listed as Richardson's girlfriend in past court documents. Her address is also listed as something different than Richland Drive.
Although CHP officers called Richardson a Good Samaritan, and he was later arrested for manslaughter then charged with second degree murder, the 28-year-old has had run-ins with law before.
One of the other charges against him for the fatal Montecito accident is for the crime of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. Richardson has had three prior DUIs, one of them was reduced to a wet reckless.
In 2005, he was charged with unlawful intercourse with a person under the age of 18. The girl, known as Jane Doe in court documents, was 14-years-old.
Before that, in 2003, Richardson was charged with possession for sale of cocaine base, sale, transportation or the offer to sell a control substance and driving without a license.
He was sentenced to the Salinas Valley State Prison in Soledad.
In the most recent incident involving Richardson, the Highway Patrol isn't releasing much information. The accident last Wednesday was initially reported as a hit-and-run on East Valley Road in Montecito but there are unconfirmed reports that car surfing was involved. When Your Central Coast News asked a Highway Patrol sergeant about the claim, he responded, "No comment."
Richardson is due in court on June 20. He currently is at the Santa Barbara County jail with bail set at $500,000.
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