[05-05-2023] Santa Barbara County, CA – A Pedestrian Died After Being Hit by a Car in Buellton

A 69-year-old man died after getting hit by a car while crossing State Route 246 in BuelltonA 69-year-old man died after getting hit by a car while crossing State Route 246 in Buellton on Friday midnight, May 05, 2023.

The California Highway Patrol reported that near the Chumash Casino Resort in Santa Ynez at around midnight, a pedestrian trying to cross State Route 246, just west of Casino Drive, was hit by a pick-up.

The victim, Robert M., was running in dark clothing when he was hit by a 2011 Ford F-250 pickup heading westbound at 40 mph. The driver, 71-year-old Robert L., tried to slow down but failed, hitting the victim with the front right side of the vehicle.

Robert M. was taken to Santa Ynez Cottage Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries and died nearly an hour later.

The authorities have ruled out alcohol as a factor and are still investigating the cause. The Chumash Casino provided surveillance footage of the accident to the authorities.

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Pedestrian Accident Statistics

Based on the Governors Highway Safety Association’s data, traffic deaths decreased by 14% between 2007 and 2016, but pedestrian fatalities increased by 27%.

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