‘She was bright, beautiful, witty and sassy…she made friends easily because she was so sweet… we love her and we are going to miss her,’ says 30 year old Cara Banducci’s long time friend Donna Bullard.
Cara Banducci was officially listed as deceased by the University of California Davis Medical Center late Friday.
Cara Banducci, a native of Eureka and Michael Campbell, 41 of Eureka were spotted by a passing motorist around 1:00 a.m. about a quarter of a mile from the Barfly, a bar and grill at the corner of Waterfront Drive and Commercial Street. When the motorist called 911 they reported a downed motorcycle and two people lying in the road near the public marina.
Investigation shows the pair left the Barfly at an unknown time. Although they were wearing helmets, Cara did suffer from severe head and neck injuries.
After both victims were transported to St. Joseph Hospital, Banducci was flown to the University of California Davis Medical Center and Michael Campbell to the jail on an alleged DUI and driving with a suspended license charge. Campbell was released on $50,000 bail by 9:15 a.m. Thursday morning.
Since Cara’s death this accident is being investigated as a possible gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.
Because Banducci worked in the Humboldt County District Attorneys office for six years, Paul Gallegos would like to have the California Attorney General’s Office handle any charges and prosecution that may come against Campbell. District Attorney Gallegos wants to ensure that all proceedings are fair and impartial.