Motorcyclist Identified in Fatal Cathedral Oaks Collision

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Update by Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
September 8, 2020

The Sheriff’s Office is releasing the identity of the motorcyclist who died in the traffic collision last Friday. The decedent is 58-year-old Daniel Harris of Goleta. This investigation remains ongoing.

Update by Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
September 5, 2020

At 3:54 p.m. [Friday], Sheriff’s deputies along with County Fire and AMR responded to the intersection of Cathedral Oaks Road and King Daniel Lane on a report of a traffic collision involving a white Dodge truck and a white Yamaha motorcycle. The collision caused the motorcycle to catch fire, which then spread to a nearby tree. Within minutes of arriving on scene, first responders pronounced the motorcyclist deceased and the fire was extinguished.

Prior to the collision, the motorcycle had been traveling eastbound on Cathedral Oaks Rd and the truck was traveling westbound on Cathedral Oaks Rd. The investigation is ongoing, but it appears the Dodge pickup truck turned left toward King Daniel Lane in front of the motorcycle. The driver of the truck remained on scene and was cooperative with investigators.  Cathedral Oaks Rd was closed for several hours while investigators with the Sheriff’s Major Accident Response Team collected evidence and conducted further investigation.

The identity of the decedent is being withheld pending notification to next-of-kin. This investigation is on-going, and the identity of the driver is not yet available for release.

Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to contact Senior Deputy Jeff Farmer at (805) 961-7514 or by email at [email protected].

By an edhat reader
September 4, 2020

At approximately 3:37 p.m. this afternoon it was reported that a motorcyclist crashed into a tree at King Daniel Lane and Cathedral Oaks, with a fire involved.

At 3:47 p.m. County Fire on-scene reported the victim was 11-44, deceased. Initial reports were that the motorcycle collided with a gray pickup truck, but this hasn't been confirmed.

Deputies are on scene of a fatal vehicle accident in Goleta- Cathedral Oaks at King Daniel. Roadway will be closed UFN: Cathedral Oaks from Evergreen to Placer. Please take alternate routes.

— PIO Raquel Zick (@SBSOPIO) September 4, 2020


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PitMix Sep 09, 2020 07:15 AM
Motorcyclist Identified in Fatal Cathedral Oaks Collision

Agree with Yacht, too dangerous to ride a motorcycle on a road with cagers texting and day dreaming and distracted in a 1000 other ways. You have to be hypervigilant to survive, and it ends up being no fun. Which is too bad, because riding a motorcycle could be really fun, could save gas, could solve the parking problem, easier to make an electric motorcycle, etc.

Alexblue Sep 09, 2020 09:38 AM
Motorcyclist Identified in Fatal Cathedral Oaks Collision

It seems pointless and cruel to any survivors that the person may have left behind, so people don't. But Seabird, there are a lot of people who you would not be able to drag through the mud, so that's sort of silly, isn't it.

a-1599667615 Sep 09, 2020 09:06 AM
Motorcyclist Identified in Fatal Cathedral Oaks Collision

SEABIRD you're absolutely right of course. But we are in the Era of "Despicable Me". With Glorious Leader dragging moral standards through the muck and mire it's no wonder ordinary folks are just parroting and mimicking.

goletadude Sep 08, 2020 05:26 PM
Motorcyclist Identified in Fatal Cathedral Oaks Collision

Is this the same guy killed on motorcycle in goleta a couple days ago?

"early morning hours of 11/19/2018, members of the Sheriff’s Special Investigations Bureau and the Goleta City Police served a search warrant in the 300 block of Ellwood Beach Drive, which was related to a narcotics sales investigation. During the search warrant, deputies located over an ounce of methamphetamine, half an ounce of heroin, and other items indicative of narcotics sales. As a result of the investigation, 56-year-old Daniel Lee Harris of Goleta was arrested for possession of methamphetamine and heroin for the purpose of sales. Harris was later booked into the Santa Barbara County Jail and he is being held on $35,000 bail."

ABJ Sep 09, 2020 09:13 AM
Motorcyclist Identified in Fatal Cathedral Oaks Collision

It absolutely is. He was an amazing man who lost his way for a while. He’s a god fearing man who has shown more love and support in our community to repay his bad choices. Ask any local motorcycle riders, anyone at the marketplace Starbucks. Will defend him even after death.

surfergirl69 Sep 09, 2020 02:46 PM
Motorcyclist Identified in Fatal Cathedral Oaks Collision

Yamaha makes a "Vstar" that looks just like a Harley ( doesn't sound the same though) There are 3 or 4 models from 250 cc up. Some are white. So, in this case, it takes knowledge and ears as well as eyes to be a good witness. Humility helps too.

Shasta Guy Sep 08, 2020 02:41 PM
Motorcyclist Identified in Fatal Cathedral Oaks Collision

I am sorry that his life was cut short by this accident. This morning while driving west on Cathedral Oaks between Turnpike and Patterson a motorcyclist going much faster than the speed limit was lane splitting between a group of cars. We almost collided as I changed lanes because he came out of nowhere. I signaled and checked over my shoulder, but because of his high rate of speed weaving through the cars I did not see him once I started my lane change. Please don’t ride like Kamikazees when everyone is going the speed limit.

a-1599607494 Sep 08, 2020 04:24 PM
Motorcyclist Identified in Fatal Cathedral Oaks Collision

"Either way"? Either way...WHAT? You should clarify, because right now it seems like you're implying his life is worth less because he was arrested 2 years ago. Why do you find it necessary to parade this unrelated connection you've found?

CoastWatch Sep 04, 2020 08:25 PM
Motorcyclist Identified in Fatal Cathedral Oaks Collision

I remember a gnarly motorcycle "accident" at the base of 154 and Calle Real years ago- The rider went full throttle into an Army truck parked on the side of the road- Turned out to be suicide by M/C.

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