Sunday, December 4 , 2016, 6:29 pm | Fair 57º


Local News

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

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.

Noozhawk executive editor Tom Bolton can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

Reader Comments

Noozhawk's intent is not to limit the discussion of our stories but to elevate it. Comments should be relevant and must be free of profanity and abusive language and attacks.

By posting on Noozhawk, you:

» Agree to be respectful. Noozhawk encourages intelligent and impassioned discussion and debate, but now has a zero-tolerance policy for those who cannot express their opinions in a civil manner.

» Agree not to use Noozhawk’s forums for personal attacks. This includes any sort of personal attack — including, but not limited to, the people in our stories, the journalists who create these stories, fellow readers who comment on our stories, or anyone else in our community.

» Agree not to post on Noozhawk any comments that can be construed as libelous, defamatory, obscene, profane, vulgar, harmful, threatening, tortious, harassing, abusive, hateful, sexist, racially or ethnically objectionable, or that are invasive of another’s privacy.

» Agree not to post in a manner than emulates, purports or pretends to be someone else. Under no circumstances are readers posting to Noozhawk to knowingly use the name or identity of another person, whether that is another reader on this site, a public figure, celebrity, elected official or fictitious character. This also means readers will not knowingly give out any personal information of other members of these forums.

» Agree not to solicit others. You agree you will not use Noozhawk’s forums to solicit and/or advertise for personal blogs and websites, without Noozhawk’s express written approval.

Noozhawk’s management and editors, in our sole discretion, retain the right to remove individual posts or to revoke the access privileges of anyone who we believe has violated any of these terms or any other term of this agreement; however, we are under no obligation to do so.

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >