Driver Arrested After Crashing into Isla Vista Home
Update by California Highway Patrol
The initial investigation revealed the driver, operating a 2006 Nissan Altima, was stopped facing south in a parking lot in the 6700 block of Del Playa Dr. and the pedestrian was standing next to the vehicle near the open driver door. The motorist suddenly accelerated backward, striking the pedestrian with the open door, knocking her to the ground, and collided with three parked vehicles. The motorist stopped and accelerated forward, causing the front of the vehicle to strike the neighboring building which caused a rupture of the natural gas line and significant structural damage. The driver then accelerated backward, spinning around and striking a fourth parked vehicle. The motorist then fled the scene in the vehicle, which he abandoned in the 700 block of Camino Pescadero in Isla Vist, and fled in an unknown direction on foot.
As a result of the collision, the County of Santa Barbara Planning and Development Department building inspector red-tagged the structure which was hit as being unsafe for habitation due to the amount of damage. The pedestrian was treated at the scene by Sant Barbara County Fire Department and AMR ambulance personnel for her injuries.
The Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office and UCSB Police responded to the scene to assist the Santa Barbara CHP. The name of the motorist [an 18-year-old male from Goleta] is being withheld pending further investigation. Alcohol is a possible factor in this collision.
**NOTE: This is a preliminary assessment as the investigation is still on-going.
By edhat staff
A vehicle crashed into the side of a home in Isla Vista causing the building to be uninhabitable and displacing twelve residents.
At 9:30 p.m. Friday, Santa Barbara County Fire Department (SBCFD) responded to 6769 Del Playa Drive and found a vehicle had gone off the road and crashed through a fence and through the outer wall of a house.
There was one minor injury on scene but the patient was not transported to the hospital. The collision also broke the gas and water line to the home.
The building department was on scene and rendered the home "uninhabitable" displacing twelve residents.
An update on the condition of the driver of the vehicle has not been released.