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Officials release identity of pedestrian killed on Highway 101 last Friday

Rollover causes traffic on HWY 101 sounthbound

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- A vehicle versus pedestrian accident on Highway 101 southbound left one person dead in Santa Barbara on Friday night.

On Friday around 6:12 p.m., a fatal collision occurred on Highway 101 southbound south of La Cumbre Road.

Santa Barbara CHP said the victim of this crash was 39-year-old Mark Richard McDonald. They said McDonald was homeless at the time of the incident.

A 2010 Toyota Camry driven by Medardo Ambiz Jr, 45, Oxnard, was traveling southbound within the number two lane of Highway 101 that day.

Mcdonald reportedly ran from the center divide of the freeway, across the southbound lanes, directly in front of the Toyota.

He was struck by the Toyota while crossing the number two lane of Highway 101.

A 2005 Lexus driven by Adam Samuel Weiss, 54, Santa Barbara, also struck McDonald after he was down in the number three lane.

The Toyota exited the freeway at Las Positas Road and called 911 to report the collision.

The Lexus also exited the freeway at Las Positas, the car returned to the scene and then contacted the California Highway Patrol officers (CHP).

McDonald came to rest in the number three lane of the Highway 101 southbound, south of La Cumbre Road.

CHP, Santa Barbara City Fire Department and American Medical Response responded to the collision scene.

McDonald succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased on scene.

The collision is still under investigation at this time.

Traffic was backed up at La Cumbre for several hours.

It is unknown at this time if alcohol and/or drugs were a factor in the collision.

Both Amriz and Weiss came out with no injuries.

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