Identity Released in Fatal Hit and Run Near La Cumbre

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Update by the Sheriff's Office
June 23, 2022

The Coroner’s Bureau is releasing the name of the pedestrian decedent from June 20, 2022, in the area of Hwy 101northbound, north of La Cumbre Road.

The decedent is 47-year-old Noah Richard Turner of Santa Barbara.


By edhat staff
June 20, 2022

A pedestrian was struck and killed on Highway 101 near La Cumbre Road Monday morning.

At 6:45 a.m. a man walked onto the northbound onramp and was struck by a large SUV, reports the California Highway Patrol (CHP).

The man was transported to Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The SUV fled the scene and has not been located.

There's no further information regarding the SUV. This is an active investigation.

Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to contact Santa Barbara CHP at 805-967-1234.

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a-1655765957 Jun 20, 2022 03:59 PM
Identity Released in Fatal Hit and Run Near La Cumbre

There's a Caltrans 101 webcam at El Sueno, but it mainly shows southbound. Maybe one of the cameras on previous or subsequent stations will be able to show a plate number, or at least give a hint of the killer's destination.

LCP112233 Jun 21, 2022 01:23 PM
Identity Released in Fatal Hit and Run Near La Cumbre

@6:04 PM. I find it odd that they wouldn't store video footage. What would the purpose of the camera be if they don't record? I'm not quite grasping the purpose of a camera that doesn't record video.

bicyclist Jun 20, 2022 05:16 PM
Identity Released in Fatal Hit and Run Near La Cumbre

Apparently, once again an article has breached my comprehension skills: "At 6:45 a.m. a man walked onto the northbound onramp and was struck by a large SUV,...", then later states: "There's no further information regarding the SUV. ". So states the CHP? I'm so confused how the heck do they KNOW it was a "SUV"? maybe it's too hot in here or something?

bicyclist Jun 20, 2022 06:31 PM
Identity Released in Fatal Hit and Run Near La Cumbre

per: "Mitch Henessey:
...everyone knows, when you make an assumption, you make an ass out of "u" and "umption"." 1996 - The long kiss goodnight (Samuel L. Jackson)
just say'n, no vehicle color etc...

Ahchooo Jun 20, 2022 07:14 PM
Identity Released in Fatal Hit and Run Near La Cumbre

One should never hit and run—if you hit a human, or even a dog, you should stop, or pull over when feasible, and call for assistance. But BasicInfo is right: you walk onto a highway, you are likely to be hit, and it won’t necessarily be the driver’s fault.

a-1655798484 Jun 21, 2022 01:01 AM
Identity Released in Fatal Hit and Run Near La Cumbre

This is what happens when you allow people to live in the bushes adjacent to the freeway. Many people have been hit and killed on Hwy 101. Sad that this person chose to drive away.

a-1655834310 Jun 21, 2022 10:58 AM
Identity Released in Fatal Hit and Run Near La Cumbre

Close but no, "allowing" people with no other options to live in public spaces is not the problem. This is what happens when you ignore the most despondent, struggling sector of society. Instead of controlling the growing wealth gap and using the extreme excess to provide basics for all members of society, we turn a blind eye and blame these folks for living on an on-ramp. What we really have is a major societal failure. Eat the rich. This cannot continue.

a-1655842147 Jun 21, 2022 01:09 PM
Identity Released in Fatal Hit and Run Near La Cumbre

YES we ARE allowing them to live in the bushes. So is CalTrans and the City of SB. We can provide temporary housing in the form of emergency shelters. Red Cross does it all the time. People need to get off of the street, out of the bushes, and out of our very dry open spaces. Ca law states you cannot remove them without a bed for them to go to. So supply beds. People can choose to take a bed, or move along. No public camping in outside of campgrounds. No outdoor fires. No public drug use. No highly flammable tents and propane tanks. Move them.

We are on track for a horrible fire season. Do we have to wait until a neighborhood burns down, or someone burns to death before we move people to safer places?

montecito_matt Jun 21, 2022 09:36 AM
Identity Released in Fatal Hit and Run Near La Cumbre

Another motorist saw that it was a SUV that hit/ran, they called it in with information, doesn't sound like they got a license plate as CHP might say they have a person of interest undergoing questioning. This is a sad event, yes, but this will keep on happening when we allow people to live in the bushes. The people in the bushes can sometimes be under the influence, this causes them to do things that most people know will end badly. Next, how do we stop people from walking onto the freeway and living in the bushes next to human killing machines traveling at 65+ mph? Don't want to state the obvious, this will keep happening.

Chip of SB Jun 21, 2022 11:28 AM
Identity Released in Fatal Hit and Run Near La Cumbre

Agreed Matt. I believe the root cause is general denial of what the problem truly is. It is commonly said that people living in the bushes are “homeless.” The logic goes that we can’t prohibit “homeless” people from living in public spaces because housing is too expensive for them to afford. While it is true that the people living in the bushes are without homes, this is a symptom of their real problems and not the cause. The crisis we are facing is one of addiction, not housing. It primarily involves an assortment of increasingly potent and dangerous street drugs like meth and fentanyl. Once we acknowledge that we are facing an addiction crisis and not a housing crisis, we can finally get addicts off the streets and provide them with the care they need. I believe a significant portion of the addicts in the bushes could be rehabilitated, but only if we take them into custody, treat their addiction, and give them another chance at life. Pretending the “homeless” problem is nothing more than a lack of sufficient income to pay rent does not help anyone.

Suzi805 Jun 21, 2022 01:31 PM
Identity Released in Fatal Hit and Run Near La Cumbre

As I read the news about it yesterday. My instincts felt like it could be suicide by a motor vehicle accident. Shocking to think the SUV that hit the person didn't stick around to offer aid and call 911. You would presume that it would be a traumatic experience for the driver as well and would need to pull over just to regain some composure for themselves. The driver who hit this pedestrian seems to be a friggin monster in my book. I truly hope they are caught and held accountable for their part. As far as the departed. Do we know if it was a homeless person or is the crowd just assuming? I also want to mention that adding your opinion on social issues has become the norm... the converstations get way off topic and people tend to just parrot one another and what they are hearing on the news. Drug addiction, homelessness, lack of law enforcement, blaa blaa blaa... I have witnessed time and time again here on Edhat that people just come to Vent their rage on all the social issues when things like this occur, I get it. We all get it, there needs to be a huge 180 reversal on everything, but arguing it here, on a social media webpage doesn't get a thing done... its actually quite pathetic, even if you have valid points. YOU are never going to convince anyone of anything, especially about politics when you are hashing it out online. Please, take that into consideration the next time you make tragic incidents like this all about you and your need to be right and heard. It's really, really, really shitty. If you want to change in the world, don't talk about it, be about it. Don't just gripe online like everyone else, get off your computer and go out into the world and volunteer your time to any of the social issues we are all frustrated with. How about spending your time forming a group of other concerned citizens who will collectively come up with solutions and go lobby your State and Federal Representatives, in person, each day, until something is done. Nothing changes if nothing changes. START with YOU.

sacjon Jun 23, 2022 03:20 PM
Identity Released in Fatal Hit and Run Near La Cumbre

SUZI805 - " If you want to change in the world, don't talk about it, be about it. Don't just gripe online like everyone else, get off your computer and go out into the world and volunteer your time to any of the social issues we are all frustrated with." ----

Great! So, the "issue" here is the hit and run. Are there some Anti-Hit & Run groups we can work with in town?

sacjon Jun 23, 2022 11:36 AM
Identity Released in Fatal Hit and Run Near La Cumbre

Weird, but not surprising. The same good ol boys blaming homelessness for a hit and run. The crime isn't being hit, it's the act of running after hitting someone. Fleeing an accident. So no, the "root problem" here isn't homelessness, it's the fact that someone hit another human being and decided to drive away. THAT is the problem. Disgusting how you all can sit here blaming the victim, but again, not surprising.

bicyclist Jun 23, 2022 12:04 PM
Identity Released in Fatal Hit and Run Near La Cumbre

I'm taking a big chance here agreeing with the sentiment of your statement (ie. downvoted to oblivion). That being said, I don't do Face/Twit/Insta, but I think this is the deceased 's page:
https://www.instagram.com/greyfoxterritory/?hl=en
quite possibly wrong but that's the best I could do with today's "Update".
I think I can assure the oblivion thing with my "standard" assumption reference.

sacjon Jun 23, 2022 12:20 PM
Identity Released in Fatal Hit and Run Near La Cumbre

BICYLIST - thank you for your kindness. It's a sad thing on this site to be constantly attacked for standing up for the vulnerable members of our society. Oh well, that's just how liberals are, they care about about others (other than just corporations, cops, and gun owners). Let the downvotes commence!

Babycakes Jun 23, 2022 01:45 PM
Identity Released in Fatal Hit and Run Near La Cumbre

There are many reasons why folks don't stop after an accident:
- High or drunk
- No DL or insurance
- Do not want to be deported
- A-hole

A few years back one of our local chef "celebs" smashed into someone and did not stop. Not sure about the exact details, but I think it was in the same "Five Points" area. Victim was able to get the fleeing "celeb" to stop, and the giggling drunk pretended that nothing happened. I believe said drunk was arrested, but not sure what happened after that. Far cry from killing someone, but goes to show you that perps will run when they know they should stop. Police in Chicago are now not allowed to chase after criminals if they run away....great (for the criminal).

Nellie Jun 23, 2022 11:43 PM
Identity Released in Fatal Hit and Run Near La Cumbre

I grew up with Noah in Solvang. We have been friends since 1st grade. We share the same birthday. He was an incredibly intelligent man, very often misunderstood. He was not homeless. He was a really beautiful human who had a challenging life from a young age. I ask of you, please be respectful.
All of us who grew up with him, have a very deep love for him. I hope the coward who killed him is brought to justice. There is no reason to guess why this happened to him. Instead, Please focus on the POS that Murdered him and drove away, leaving him to suffer and die alone. He was a human being , a friend.
His name is Noah and we care about him.

Lucky 777 Jun 24, 2022 10:55 AM
Identity Released in Fatal Hit and Run Near La Cumbre

Chip of SB is absolutely correct. Until we reconfigure the dialogue, and are willing to PUT the addicts into a controlled situation where they can be rehabilitated or contained, they are a treat to themselves as well as all the rest of us. Summer fires in the roadside "encampments" WILL be a given. It is not mercy to leave people to wallow in filth because their brains are so addled all they can do is beg and steal to survive.

sacjon Jun 24, 2022 12:15 PM
Identity Released in Fatal Hit and Run Near La Cumbre

VOICE - she can answer for herself. And so what? None of those are at issue here, therefore being ghoulish to bring up especially since a friend has posted about the victim. Stop defending everything that's morally wrong.

SoCalMommy Jun 24, 2022 11:36 AM
Identity Released in Fatal Hit and Run Near La Cumbre

CHP released new info saying that the decedent jumped from the overpass, was not struck by any vehicles as originally thought. So very sad. Praying for all who knew and loved him.

bicyclist Jun 24, 2022 02:50 PM
Identity Released in Fatal Hit and Run Near La Cumbre

https://www.noozhawk.com/article/bill_macfadyen_deadly_highway_101_collision_in_santa_barbara_20220624
If that's true, then my statements @ Jun 20, 2022 05:16 PM & Jun 20, 2022 06:31 PM (w/downvotes) are both actually pretty accurate. I hate when that happens, pfft...

a-1656123448 Jun 24, 2022 07:17 PM
Identity Released in Fatal Hit and Run Near La Cumbre

Let this be a lesson to all of us to await further information!!

RIP, Mr. Turner, my sincere condolences.

Noozhawk:

"An incident Monday on Highway 101 in Santa Barbara that originally was described as a fatal collision involving a pedestrian and a hit-and-run driver turned out to be a suspected suicide, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Noah Richard Turner, 47, was found in the northbound freeway lanes at about 6:45 a.m. Monday, and died a short time later at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, the CHP reported.

“An original witness indicated he was hit by a vehicle,” CHP Officer David Nees told Noozhawk on Friday. “Further investigation determined he did not get hit by a car, but jumped from the north side of the overcrossing.”

The CHP previously had indicted [sic] it was looking for a large SUV and its driver that had fled the scene.
“We are not looking for somebody,” Nees said, adding that the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Coroner’s Bureau had confirmed the death was a suicide. Coroner's Bureau spokeswoman Raquel Zick told Noozhawk that the "cause and manner of death are pending toxicology."

No vehicles struck Turner after he landed in the right lane of the freeway, Nees said."

I reiterate the last sentence. NO VEHICLE STRUCK THE DECEDENT.

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