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Woman Killed, Another Injured in Hit-and-Run Collision in Montecito

Victims were brought by private vehicle to Cottage Hospital early Wednesday from scene of incident near Stonehouse Lane

By Tom Bolton, Noozhawk Executive Editor | @tombol | updated logo |

A 26-year-old Santa Barbara woman was killed and another woman was critically injured early Wednesday in an apparent hit-and-run collision in Montecito, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The two victims were found on East Valley Road, east of Stonehouse Lane, by two men the CHP described as “good Samaritans,” and brought by private vehicle to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital at about 6 a.m., the CHP said.

The CHP said the woman who died suffered massive head trauma, and passed away shortly after arriving at the hospital. Her name was being withheld pending notification of relatives.

The injured woman, Lindsay Keebler, 25, of Santa Barbara, was hospitalized with major injuries. She was listed in stable condition late Wednesday night, according to a nursing supervisor.

Throughout the day Wednesday, the CHP would not answer any of Noozhawk’s questions about the incident, other than to eventually confirm that there had been a fatality. Shortly after 9 p.m., CHP Sgt. Matthew Dawson issued a news release about the incident.

Law-enforcement sources told Noozhawk that the collision occurred in the early morning hours Wednesday after a party in the area, but they did not know the circumstances. The women apparently were walking on East Valley Road when they were struck.

Witnesses reported that numerous law-enforcement vehicles converged on the hospital at about 6 a.m. Wednesday. Because it was unclear where the incident occurred, units from the CHP and the Santa Barbara Police and Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s departments all responded, Dawson said.

When asked about the situation, Santa Barbara police Sgt. Riley Harwood told Noozhawk that the CHP was investigating the case, and his department had no information about it.

After interviewing the two men, CHP investigators went to East Valley Road, and found evidence a collision had occurred, Dawson said.

Investigators have no information about the suspect vehicle, and are asking for the public’s help in finding it. Anyone with knowledge about the incident is asked to call CHP Officers Jason Miller or Jim Hoskins at 805.967.1234.

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» on 06.07.12 @ 12:00 PM

East Valley is, I believe, State Route 192.  I drive that area 2-3x’s a month and was just there yesterday.  I am always amazed to see people walking along what used to be a country lane and now a major arterial route for the entire Montecito area.  The same people who will be up in arms are the same people who will say how dare you stop me from moving in.

The residents fight any attempts to widen the road.  At the same time the large estates of my youth are continuing to be chopped and carved into what amounts to high density enclaves for the rich and famous. 

Carbajal and the Montecito nimbies have a choice.  Stop all further subdivisions and higher density developments or (and there is the rub) widen East Valley and feeder roads.  Not willing to do that?  Then SELL.  Give us back the rural Montecito.  Go back to where you came from in the last 30 years.

There has to be a certain amount of personal responsibility and walking, skate boarding or bike riding on streets not wide enough is not responsible.  (that one will get a few remarks)

» on 06.07.12 @ 02:05 PM

this appears to have happened late at night / early in the AM.  Most likely a drunk driver or an illegal hit a couple of drunk people stumbling down the street… those really are the likely culprits.  Why else are two twenty something walking late at night from a party?

As for the driver taking them to the hospital:  Makes perfect sense for an ambulance would take at least 5min to get there - at that hour you’re almost at Cottage by the time they even show up.

» on 06.07.12 @ 05:03 PM

There are a million ways to be drunken and only one way to be sober where everything is real. This is very sobering news. My heart goes out to the young woman who lost her life and the family she leaves behind.

» on 06.08.12 @ 11:44 AM

Has anyone heard that this incident was a result of “car surfing”?

» on 06.08.12 @ 12:23 PM

How sad.
I too feel the area turning into LA and all the walking space taken up by walls, cactus and attitude towards pedestrians. Street easements need to be enforced by zoning so people can walk more safely. And drivers need to be more careful.

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