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Pedestrian struck and killed by car in Downtown Santa Barbara


SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - A vehicle hit a pedestrian on the 600 block of East Cabrillo Boulevard in Santa Barbara Monday evening. The victim died from his injuries.

The victim, described as a Latino male in his 60's, reportedly darted into the road from between two large vans before he was hit. His body was then knocked some distance away from the initial impact site.

Police said a white Ford van was travelling at around 30 MPH on East Cabrillo Boulevard when it struck the pedestrian.

Anthony Wagner, Public Information Officer for the Santa Barbara Police Department, said the investigation suggests the driver did not see the individual until impact.

Santa Barbara Fire and Paramedics arrived on the scene at 5:17 p.m. They performed lifesaving techniques on the victim before transporting him to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital.

The victim was pronounced dead after arriving at the hospital.

Police said the Critical Accident Investigation team is on scene using machines and tools to measure and calculate the velocity, distance and trajectory of the incident.

The driver was the only person in the vehicle during the time of the accident. Officers do not believe alcohol or drugs were involved.

Several eyewitnesses and the driver of the van stayed on the scene and were cooperative with police.

We will update this story as more information becomes available.

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