Highway 101
Evidence search. (John Palminteri / KEYT News photo)

A pedestrian was struck and killed by an alleged hit-and-run driver early Saturday on Highway 101 in Montecito, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The CHP said the incident occurred shortly after 2 a.m. in the freeway’s southbound lanes south of Olive Mill Road.

“It’s initially reported a pedestrian was laying within the #2 lane (right-hand) and stuck by an Infinity,” the CHP said in a tweet. “The driver pulled over to check on the party and fled the scene.”

The CHP said the driver of the Infiniti was tracked to Ventura and apprehended. The driver’s name was not disclosed but the car was impounded for evidence.

The southbound freeway initially was shut down at Cabrillo Boulevard for the investigation, and its lanes remained closed at 8:30 a.m., causing a major traffic backup.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Santa Barbara CHP office at 805.967.1234, Monday through Friday, and ask for Officer Vazquez, or call CHP Ventura Dispatch at 805.477.4174 and reference Log No. 26 from March 23, 2019.

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