Elderly Man Killed in Collision at Casa Dorinda

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Source: California Highway Patrol

On March 2, 2019, at approximately 1025 hours, a fatal traffic collision occurred at Casa Dorinda Life Care Community.  A fifty-three year old Santa Barbara resident was backing in a 2014 Hino box truck as a seventy-seventy year old Santa Barbara resident was walking in the roadway to the rear of the truck.  At that time, a collision occurred between the truck and the pedestrian.  The pedestrian suffered fatal injuries as a result of the collision, and was pronounced deceased at the scene.

This collision occurred on private property and therefore no public roadways were affected.  The collision remains under investigation at this time.  Victim information will be released through the Santa Barbara County Coroner's office after the next of kin have been notified.

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RHS Mar 03, 2019 11:44 AM
Elderly Man Killed in Collision at Casa Dorinda

Here's some coverage on the increase in pedestrian traffic deaths over the past few years. Highest in Florida by the way. https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2018/02/28/589453431/pedestrian-fatalities-remain-at-25-year-high-for-second-year-in-a-row Remarkably about 30% of dead pedestrians were pretty intoxicated. Other factors seem to be cell phone distraction (both victim and driver) and possible mj use by driver.

Luvaduck Mar 03, 2019 10:57 AM
Elderly Man Killed in Collision at Casa Dorinda

Sometimes drivers back up without looking--have it happen weekly. Sometimes people walk in back of moving vehicles--have that happen weekly too. Sometimes people are hard of hearing. Whatever the cause, it's a tragedy. Leave it at that.

a-1568868490 Mar 03, 2019 10:28 AM
Elderly Man Killed in Collision at Casa Dorinda

I’m sure the driver is already experiencing enough grief and heartache at what he did, the last thing he needs is internet strangers calling him irresponsible and/or stupid. We *don’t* know exactly what happened or how it happened. Please, let’s have compassion for all the parties involved.

sbbulldog Mar 03, 2019 09:03 AM
Elderly Man Killed in Collision at Casa Dorinda

There are many jobs that have time pressures. As long as safety is truly Job One, these tragic events will occur. Who hasn't seen a truck operated in a dangerous way, usually speed?

Flicka Mar 03, 2019 08:28 AM
Elderly Man Killed in Collision at Casa Dorinda

Can't blame the driver until the investigation is over. Those big trucks have bells (or some noise maker) when backing that should have given notice to the person behind it. Could be the man was in the driver's blind spot. Who knows? Wait and see.

a-1568868490 Mar 03, 2019 11:56 AM
Elderly Man Killed in Collision at Casa Dorinda

But, it wouldn't surprise me if SB made that list - not because of bad drivers/peds, but because there are simply more pedestrians out and about. Our average population and habits are not exactly representative of the rest of the States.

a-1568868490 Mar 03, 2019 07:58 AM
Elderly Man Killed in Collision at Casa Dorinda

Highly doubt we have the highest rate in SB! This is a horrible situation that shouldn't have happened... Talk about negligent driver! Sad for all involved, anything like this is.

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