Bicyclist Identified in Fatal Hit and Run Collision
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
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.
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.