Bicyclist Identified in Fatal Hit and Run Collision

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Update by edhat staff
May 1, 2020

The identity of the bicyclist who died in a hit and run collision on Sunday has been released.

Katherine Stewert Peden, 59-years-old of Goleta, was pronounced dead at the scene after she was struck by a vehicle on Calle Real near Glen Annie Road.

The driver of the vehicle fled the scene and was tracked down that evening. Nicholas Todd Baker, 20-years-old of Goleta, was arrested for driving under the influence, involuntary vehicular manslaughter, and hit and run causing injury or death.

Update Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
April 27, 2020

On Sunday, April 26, 2020 at 9:56 p.m., deputies responded with County Fire and American Medical Response to the area of Calle Real at Violet Lane on a report of a bicyclist that had been hit by a vehicle. The victim and the suspect were both travelling eastbound on Calle Real when the suspect’s vehicle struck the victim. The suspect left the area prior to deputies’ arrival and did not call for help or render aid to the victim. The victim was confirmed deceased prior to deputies’ arrival. 

Deputies immediately began tracking the suspect and located his vehicle in the 900-blk of Camino Del Sur in Isla Vista around 10:35 p.m. The suspect, 20-year-old Nicholas Baker of Goleta, was contacted and later arrested for hit and run causing injury or death (felony), involuntary vehicular manslaughter (felony) and driving under the influence causing injury (felony). He was booked at the Main Jail with a bail of $1,000,000. The identity of the victim is being withheld pending notification to the family. 

During the investigation of the hit-and-run, a section of Calle Real was closed to traffic. At 10:24 p.m., a patrol car that was parked at the west end of the scene was struck by another vehicle. The vehicle was not occupied when it was hit and no deputies were injured. California Highway Patrol was requested and responded to conduct the investigation of this second collision, allowing deputies to continue their investigation of the hit-and-run.

By JB86
April 26, 2020

At approximately 10:00 pm, a female bicyclist was struck and killed in the east-bound lane of Calle Real at Violet Lane. The striking vehicle, later determined to be a 2003 black Chevy Tahoe, fled the scene. Deputies follwed a trail of leaking fluids to an address on Camino Del Sur in Isla Viste.

Meanwhile, at the accident scene, a Sheriff's patrol vehicle, blocking the road at Baker Lane was struck by another vehicle, whose driver is suspected of being DUI. Hard closues were then established at Ellwood Station and Calaveras to allow investigation. The suspect driver was located by deputies at 10:46 in Isla Vista.

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ChemicalSuperFreak May 01, 2020 03:21 PM
Bicyclist Identified in Fatal Hit and Run Collision

Is there any information as to whether she was returning from shopping or work? I guess the 7-11 is open, and she was eastbound from there, but most other places would have been long closed by that time of night. No bus service in that area that late on a Sunday, which would have been preferable to a bike that reportedly had no lights or reflectors. Not that it would have helped that much in this case, because a witness (on NextDoor) put him at 100 mph, which would explain why his car was leaking fluids from the force of the impact. I doubt that he would have been able to avoid her at that speed while under the influence, even if she'd been lit with a spotlight.

a-1588115626 Apr 28, 2020 04:13 PM
Bicyclist Identified in Fatal Hit and Run Collision

If you don't know the woman's name, it's because you are not in the need to know. It's kind of vulture-y to be excited about finding out the name of the deceased. Just my opinion.

a-1588120967 Apr 28, 2020 05:42 PM
Bicyclist Identified in Fatal Hit and Run Collision

Yes, Baker is also the name of the street one block away from where this happened and where another disturbance of some sort requiring police presence took place a few days prior!

a-1588086233 Apr 28, 2020 08:03 AM
Bicyclist Identified in Fatal Hit and Run Collision

2+ comments: 1)this is all predictable given all the high density "workforce" (think communist China) housing popping up everywhere: more people in a given area, more problems. 2)The tech companies were trying to do a PR push and touted SB as being bicycle friendly when they were trying to attract high quality workers from SF and other tech hubs. What a joke. SB is NOT bicycle friendly. And taking away lanes from our streets and turning them into bike lanes won't help. The increasing amount of traffic will still be on the roads at some point during your bike trip due to the high density housing and increasing employee populations on the roads due to more lrg businesses coming into the area. Eventually they want to coax/force us all into public transportation, bikes and smart cities. I don't like being forced to comply with their agenda until I see Cathy Murillo and the SB city council all on a bike everyday riding to and from work from their high density housing.

mjp Apr 27, 2020 06:45 PM
Bicyclist Identified in Fatal Hit and Run Collision

I live just a few hundred meters from where this happened and I often cycle along this stretch of road on my way to the shops. The speed limit is 45mph and I have always thought this is too high, though this might not have been a factor here. The main road is not straight and drivers entering from side roads cannot always see far enough along the road - some time ago there was a crash at an intersection just a few blocks away.

m-cubed Apr 27, 2020 01:18 PM
Bicyclist Identified in Fatal Hit and Run Collision

just an observation. ive noticed a lot more people speeding on surface streets and driving less than defensively since the onset of covid-19. not that it applies to this case, but i think people are unusually angry right now and it doesnt transfer well behind the wheel.

PitMix Apr 27, 2020 01:32 PM
Bicyclist Identified in Fatal Hit and Run Collision

Not angry to me, but anxious and stressed , which can easily convert to anger. Some fellow senior at TJ's on Saturday morning started yelling and waving his arms at me as I tried to get out of their parking lot, due to what I think was a minor rules violation. What are we going to do, hit each other with our N95 masks?

mjackman44 Apr 27, 2020 12:47 PM
Bicyclist Identified in Fatal Hit and Run Collision

Is this the new normal? Police throw their "hands up" with no process/law that works legally for them, with no place these very seriously ill can go to be stabilized. Ashamed powerless families never handle it either. How did he get a car? Register it? This is also a" hit and run" political move:
HIT the police with impossible PC rules, a type of "handcuffs", then blame them for not doing anything after many attempts by neighbors RUN: We now have "societal"mental illness--driven by "political correctness" and wrong beliefs about law enforcement's capability . Then we RUN from our responsibility to support the police to fight this apathy. Even with neighbors FREQUENTLY reporting fears and clear issues with very seriously mentally ill people, there is no rational response plan in place? There can be NO response until it is a confirmed an assault, rape, death, DUI or a combination of crimes, even more costly result over time. Maybe some of these very disturbed people just get worse crying for help with their social-isolation, and becoming the harassers, bullies, criminals out of lack of care, and pushed over the edge by powerless of the police. Unable now to act and cease the offenders DUI/drug abuse, their anti-social behavior, and in many cases their chronic homelessness.
Every bike trip is a challenge greater than COVID 19 now, and giving both guns and cars to these folks seem to endorse allowing a gunned motor to act like a gun! Remember a UCSB driver plowing into students? We have serious "memory loss" when it comes to politically promised policies for new effective methods of observation and care. (Former and retired Mental Health professional)

PitMix Apr 27, 2020 01:37 PM
Bicyclist Identified in Fatal Hit and Run Collision

1:11, your ACLU comment is really over the top. Hopefully you will never need to use the freedoms that their lawsuits try to ensure. But if you do, maybe you will see the light.

a-1588018311 Apr 27, 2020 01:11 PM
Bicyclist Identified in Fatal Hit and Run Collision

ACLU will do everything they possibly can to ensure this steaming turd gets a chance to murder again. For the ACLU, the sooner he gets out, the better they feel.

goletamama Apr 27, 2020 11:53 AM
Bicyclist Identified in Fatal Hit and Run Collision

I personally warned everyone about this man after being traumatized by him verbally on the street. I posted on Nextdoor, called the cops, personally emailed neighbors, told my kids off stay off his street. When he got a car I flipped out! I again called cops, neighbors, everyone I could think of since he was known to have, and seemed to me to have, mental illness with substance abuse issues. I warned he would kill someone with car, Many neighbors and friends will vouch for me.

goleta_local Apr 27, 2020 04:24 PM
Bicyclist Identified in Fatal Hit and Run Collision

Agreed completely, @GOLETAMAMA. That kid was something of a delinquent, I recall seeing him on his little cul-de-sac. I feel for his mother, but he had it coming sooner or later.

a-1588013239 Apr 27, 2020 11:47 AM
Bicyclist Identified in Fatal Hit and Run Collision

This was not an accident. Those of us living in this man's neighborhood having been calling authorities about him for YEARS. He routinely harassed women and girls in the Brandon School neighborhood, trying to run us down with his bicycle, blocking our way on the sidewalk, and even stalking us in our own yards. His family claimed that he was mentally ill and uncontrollable while at the same time insisting he was not a threat to the public. When we learned a few months back that he had acquired a vehicle, we alerted the authorities once again, fearing that he would run someone over. Sadly and tragically, that has come to pass. Who bears the responsibility for this, I ask you?

goletamama Apr 27, 2020 10:58 PM
Bicyclist Identified in Fatal Hit and Run Collision

Thank you for that comment. It’s true. I was harassed on Nextdoor for warning people about him. It made me feel horrible. I was not “judging” anything. Just reporting that he had been verbally abusive and physically threatening to me when I was walking my dogs. And you bet- I called the cops. Who wouldn’t? So I understand at some point in his life he was not as he was now. He was not violent and mentally challenged. That’s heartbreaking. I’m so sorry for the family. But we have a right to speak up when someone is violent and frightening. I’m tired of feeling like it’s politically incorrect for me to do so.

therealbebe Apr 27, 2020 07:51 PM
Bicyclist Identified in Fatal Hit and Run Collision

When people all around are seeing the clear signs of menace, something must be done to keep them under a watchful eye and those around them accountable. Take that POS John Dungan as another example. I hope both of these garbage humans rot in jail for the rest of their lives.

Get over it Apr 27, 2020 04:49 PM
Bicyclist Identified in Fatal Hit and Run Collision

@ anonymous 11:47
He WAS "mentally ill and uncontrollable" by his family. He was a 20-year-old young man with mental health issues and self-medicating. He was also harmless until this. When he was younger, he was one of the sweetest, polite and charismatic kids. I was surprised that he was driving at all, that's obviously not good. Who's fault is it that this tragedy happened? Well, he is! This is also on our society and how we deal with the mentally ill. Don't blame the overwhelmed parents of an adult or the cops who are handcuffed. This is so incredibly sad for these families. On a side note... That stretch of Calle Real needs to be made safer some how. I can't tell you how many times I have almost hit someone pulling out suddenly.. People walking in the bike path the wrong way, bikes going the wrong way and no sidewalk for a bit. Also people either fly down Calle Real or go half the speed limit! I wouldn't ride my bike on there much less at night , even IF I was fully lighted up and reflective.

a-1588031075 Apr 27, 2020 04:44 PM
Bicyclist Identified in Fatal Hit and Run Collision

So sorry you experienced that harassment on your bike. It does linger.. forever.. as an assault. Bicycling between Greeley Colorado and Cheyenne Wy, on a rural side young, two dudes in a pickup truck tried to run me into a ditch and would pass and return. Finally stopped at a farm house and went behind it to get help. They looked for me (a young female). My home was just a mile away and I made it there but never felt safe on a public road after that.

CoastWatch Apr 27, 2020 03:29 PM
Bicyclist Identified in Fatal Hit and Run Collision

Our Politically Correct world, forced on us over COMMON SENSE has led to these people being unleashed on society- Damn everyone, these people have RIGHTS!... Now look at the result and possibly the "results", as I am sure he will be among us soon, once again.


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